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Heights resident is all about spirits By Michael Sudhalter

Heights resident Hailey De La Rosa said many college students think that working in the alcohol industry is a dream come true. But they soon find out that it’s a much tougher job than they’d expect. “I had a mentor tell me that if you’re in it for longer than three years, you’re in it for life,” De La Rosa said. “If you can last and figure it out, it’s not a bad industry to be in.” De La Rosa has climbed the ranks in the industry and is currently the Distillery Specialist for Jim Beam Inc., the

“I switched from wine to whiskey overnight,” De La Rosa said. “Makers Mark has a very special place in my heart.” De La Rosa visits Jim Beam Inc. distilleries in places like Kentucky and Mexico. She said visiting a distillery gives her more appreciation and knowledge for that specific brand. She said one of the new trends is that classic cocktails are making a comeback. “They’re classic for a reason,” De La Rosa said. “They have balance, taste and they’re simple.” De La Rosa, who grew up in Sugar Land and graduated from Southwest Texas State in

second largest spirits company in the world. De La Rosa visits bars and restaurants throughout the South Texas region and evaluates which Jim Beam Inc. brands would fit that establishment’s needs the best. She also coordinates special events for Jim Beam Inc. and works in conjunction with the distributors and sales team. “The job is all about communications,” she said. “We see where the gaps are and help inspire ideas.” De La Rosa began her career working in the wine industry but later became the brand ambassador for Maker’s Mark, a whiskey under the Jim Beam Inc. umbrella.

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The Oak Forest owners of Jus’ Mac are planning to open a restaurant called Deep South Eats on West T.C. Jester.

Restaurants set to open The owners of Jus’ Mac on Yale will be opening Deep South Eats on W. T.C. Jester where the vacant Forest Café is currently located. Deep South Eats, which is scheduled to open in late March or early April, will feature fried chicken, as well as an all-day breakfast menu that includes biscuits and waffles. Another specialty will be corn fritters with honey and powdered sugar. Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend Witchcraft Tavern has a new menu – including new items for brunch – and an updated wine list. Truffle Fries and Candied Waffles? Build your own burgers with pulled pork and provolone? Yes! At Ruggles Green, including their Heights location, couples will get a free dessert on Valentine’s Day. Already have plans? Stop in to Ruggles Green every Tuesday-Saturday after 9 p.m. to try any dessert paired with wine or coffee for $9. Oak Forest Papa Murphy’s pizza store will host a fundraiser for awareness and funds for SIDS research between Feb. 20 and Feb. 26 at the Papa Murphy’s location, 1214 W. 43rd St. Ten percent of the pizza sales will go toward SIDS research, saving lives and helping MBJFS create SIDS prevention kits for local hospitals to give to new parents. It’s true! A Chick-fil-A is going in next to the Whataburger on the Loop between Ella and Durham. No opening date just yet. Two Leader area restaurants, Hughies on 18th and the new Coltivare on White Oak have been added to Eater Houston’s Heatmap as a must eat restaurant in February. El Gran Malo on Ella Blvd. is closing next week because the property has been sold. The casual “gastrocantina” was popular for its margaritas, cocktails, craft beers, tacos and more. – Staff Reports

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2004, has lived in the Heights since 2008. “It’s the classic Americana neighborhood,” De La Rosa said. “with all of the accessibility of being in the Loop. It’s Heights resident Hailey De La Rosa is the Distillery Specialist for Jim quaint, while not trying to be Beam Inc. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) trendy.”

Entree of the Month Dinner Entrée of the month (under $20) – Shrimp and Grits, Poached Gulf Shrimp, Pho Broth, Bacon, Cilantro, Green Onions, Anson Mills Grits at Down House. (Photo by Betsy Denson)

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Already a well known dish thanks to reviews like the Zagat nod which called it the “Best Thing We Ate,” Candlelight Plaza’s Selena Crochet also gives “The DownHouse Grits” a big thumbs up. “I am from South Louisiana and I consider myself a connoisseur of Shrimp and Grits,” she said. “If Shrimp and Grits is on the menu, I order. Down House’s Shrimp and Grits have a subtle unique flavor while staying true to the original concept. What sets it apart is the Vietnamese

twist they put on it by using a Pho broth. Also, the bacon and cilantro add a unique Texas flare. I can’t talk about it without craving it.” Down House manager Paddi Thornton said that the dish has been on the menu since November 2012. “It is a twist on a southern classic,” she said. “It is influenced by all the great Vietnamese food we eat in Houston.” Chef Mark Decker agrees with Crochet about the pho broth. “It transforms it from a traditional dish to a dish that draws upon the flavors most everyone has experienced

eating Asian cuisines.” The wild caught shrimp is a factor in the dish’s appeal too as are the grits themselves which come from Anson Mills in South Carolina. Decker, who moved to Down House two years ago from Chez Nous in Humble, has been the head chef since late July. He said that the Shrimp and Grits is definitely one of their top sellers and is available on the lunch, brunch and dinner menus.



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Appetizer of the Month: Sea Salt Pretzel with Honey Butter

Ken Bridge called an audible on one of the most popular appetizers at Shepherd Park Draught House. He knew that for his appetizers he wanted some classics with a twist and was playing around with the idea for a pretzel. Bridge didn’t have a recipe for pretzel dough, but he did own Pink’s Pizza next door. “We took the dough from

Pink’s and tweaked it,” said Bridge. He sprinkled it with sea salt and for a sweet counterpoint to the savory added the honey butter on the side. It’s been a hit on the menu for the last two years and was mentioned multiple times by Leader readers as a favorite with one person calling it the “crack pretzel.” The dough for the pretzel

is baked fresh multiple times throughout the day so the yum factor stays consistent. Bridge commented that people like the honey butter so much they request it as a side with other dishes too. For the past couple of years, Bridge has used honey from his own hives for the butter as well as for his needs at other restaurants. He is preparing to

launch a small retail business, Honeycraft, which will offer his honey to the public. On a recent night, Matt Buckland, who lives across the street from Shepherd Park and normally orders a burger, sampled the pretzel for the first time. Verdict? A clean plate. --Betsy Denson

Matt Buckland enjoys his first Sea Salt Pretzel. (Photo by Betsy Denson)

Glass Wall, a good choice for Leader Eater

On a recent Saturday evening, Leader Eater and a small group tried to penetrate the pomp and circumstance around what has become the hottest restaurant in The Heights: Coltivare. But even a pre-6:30 p.m. arrival was too tardy to even take our names for the list as the throngs of Coltivare contenders spilled out onto the White Oak sidewalk and adjoining urban garden. With the quick wit of our crew and the rather mild temperatures our letdown was dashed with a pivot towards one of the pioneers of the neighborhood’s restaurant renaissance. Glass Wall was once on the tip of every foodie’s tongue in the area years ago but now would surely have more than enough open space to accommodate us after our disappointment. After seven years at its spot on Studewood, Leader Eater thought Glass Wall could only hope for the hoopla that the new eatery on White Oak was receiving. Or so I thought. What seemed like a plausible Plan B abruptly turned into a reminder of the enduring quality of what has become a culinary cornerstone in the city. As we turned to head northeast, Glass Wall was also booked up without a seat to spare over the next two hours. However, we took our chances on getting a seat at the bar and moving to our seat once it was ready. Even the high-top bar tables at Glass Wall were taken when we got there, but the bartender ushered us to one of them because we would have plenty of time before its real proprietors showed. This initiated an evening of awfully attentive service. With our time at the table fleeting, we took a run at some appetizers, which after some humming and hawing over the Nachos or the Crab Tower Salad decided to go with both. The nachos are not your typical scrapheap of tortilla chips paved with a quarter inch of cheese and an explosion of beans and sour

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cream; rather a modest helping of sturdy chips, maybe a 10 or so, that could hold the jumbo lump crab and half short ribs that were featured on the dish. This is perfect sharing. So is the Crab Tower, especially when this succulent silo of seafood is imploded like a downtown building demolition and everyone can scoop out their share (although this move was to the chagrin of one at our table). The four dollops of preserves in each corner of the plate made the dish pop. A round of drinks ensued – including a tasty Manhattan and a table favorite, Prisoners Zinfandel – and we placed our entrée orders as a carousel of service continued to cater to us. Glass Wall has become famous for its modern take on comfort food, particularly the inventive sides that accompany entrees such as Corn Flake Chicken Fried Steak, Beef Short Rib and Purple Potato Crusted Gulf Red Snapper. But without any concerted coordination, our party of four veered off the restaurant’s entrée offerings and split a special and loaded up on appetizers. A Chilean Sea Bass was on the proverbial special board, and two of Leader Eater’s dining companions decided to split it. The wonderfully robust piece of fish was topped off with a

scallop and sided with a handful of strands of healthy asparagus. Another went with a combination of the appetizer Roasted Willapa Baked Oysters and a side of Saffron Infused Valencia Risotto, a creamy yellow-hued dish that attracted everyone’s spoon for a try. The Baked Oysters are an amusebouche type of dish where only a handful of oysters sitting on a bed of rock salt can capture a wide range of flavors in one bite. The jumbo crab and roast leaks and paprika hollandaise rounded out the full-bodied taste profile. Leader Eater went the appetizer and side route for my main, too. I defaulted to a Glass Wall salad, a standard mixed greens salad with cheese and vinaigrette. While in most cases a vinaigrette’s acidic tartness can overpower a salad, Glass Wall’s champagne-based dressing was a complimenter not an obstructer and really made it more than just a side salad. The Chesapeake Crab Cake was also prepared with the subtleties that separated it from most crab patties. A loose formation of Old Bayseasoned crab and mixed slaw were fused together with an appropriate flash fry that crisped up its exterior perfectly. The side plate-sized homemade potato chips put this dish in its own league.

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The sharing continued into dessert, where at this time we had made it to our table in the dining room where the service continued to be impeccable. A Double Chocolate Chambord Cake came out as well as a Meyer Lemon Cheesecake. While everyone digs chocolate, the citrusy cake easily elevated to winner in this duel. It only had hints of Meyer lemon tart and equalized the creaminess of the cheesecake. The faults at Glass Wall were few and far between and even though it was our Plan B this night, the restaurant continues to be the measuring stick for culinary innovation and quality in the North Houston area,

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allow me to work only using smoke as protection. Smoke has a calming effect on bees,” he said. He also said that if he has an aggressive colony, he will kill the queen and introduce a new one from a more docile colony, which will in turn mellow out the rest of the hive. Pessarra has three small breading colonies at his home

near Scarborough High School and said that in a four block radius, he’s noticed four other wild bee colonies. His neighbors are interested in what he is doing and he’s spent some time talking bees with some of the high school kids. For more information about Mindful Honey, visit Pessarra on Facebook or e-mail sean.

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Town in City Brewing to break ground Thirsty Explorer Construction is moving forward on the future home of Town in City Brewing at 1125 W. Cavalcade. Town in City Brewing is a project that has been in development for over a year. Recently Owner Justin Engle was granted approval for the brewing project he developed with partner Steve Macalello. Thirsty Engle said they plan to start with fourExplorer beers, two “City” series beers, an amber and a robust porter, and two in a currently unnamed series, which will include Mosquito’s Revenge pale ale and Chipped Tooth IPA. If all goes as planned, Town in City could be selling beer by mid-summer. Thereafter, they plan to allow people to come in and drink beer there and distribute kegs to establishments in the Heights. They were able to preserve nearly 1,400 square feet of outdoor space as a beer garden and provide a pedestrian plaza in the front of the property. “We are committed to the Heights and will bring the highest quality craft beer to the community as well as to provide a very community-like feeling at the brewery,” according to a statement on the blog at On the event portion of the website, it is also said that there will be a construction permit party that will be announced via social media.

Onion Creek’s Annual H-Town Chili Throwdown Onion Creek is hosting the Fifth Annual H-Town Chili Throwdown and Rock and Roll Show from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Local breweries, restaurants and local chili teams will compete against each other for a $500 grand prize for charity. Some participants will include Boheme, Eatsie Boys, Beaver’s Ice House, LowBrow, Good Dog, Kraftsmen, Happy Fatz, 8th Wonder Brewery, Karbach Brewery, St. Arnold Brewery, Brazos Valley Brewery, and Oskar Blues Brewery. There will also be live music from the Hazardous Dukes and The Roomsounds. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door and include an event t-shirt, beer glass, free swag bag, people’s choice vote and lots o’ chili! Proceeds will benefit Wounded Warriors. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www. Karbach Bar Burner Saison Released Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but in parts of Texas spring is already in the air. Karbach Brewing Co. just began shipping Barn Burner Saison, the brewery’s spring seasonal offering. Saisons were traditionally brewed by the Belgians as sustenance for farmhands working in the warm summer months. These ales were generally lighter in body and often brewed with fruit and spices. Karbach’s Barn Burner is brewed with local ruby red grapefruit and a blend of spices for added complexity. According to Brewmaster Eric Warner, the beer is “effervescent and golden with hints of citrus and spice, making it a great match for the warm spring we have here in Houston.”

Seasonals continue to be popular in the craft industry with the Brewer’s Association citing that the segment is amongst the top selling in craft beer. Barn Burner Saison is available on draft and in six packs until Love Street Summer Seasonal hits the market later this year. For more information, visit Crawfish on the Patio There are crawfish on the patio at Celtic Gardens! They will be serving up the best crawfish in town for only $5 per lb. with potato and corn included. Catch some rays, eat a few mudbugs and enjoy delicious cocktails and craft brews not once, but twice a week at your favorite Midtown Patio Bar! Crawfish will be available on Wednesdays from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon-6 p.m., weather permitting. For more information about Celtic Gardens, located at 2300 Louisiana, find them on Facebook. Hughie’s to host breast cancer benefit Feb. 22 The Hot Tatamales have teamed up with Hughie’s Tavern and Vietnamese Grille to raise critically needed funds for breast cancer awareness, prevention, treatment and research. On Saturday, Feb. 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hughie’s and the Hot Tatamales, a team of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, will host a benefit at Hughie’s, 1802 W. 18th St. The event will feature food and drinks, music by Obsolete August, a silent auction, raffle and much more. Hughie’s will donate a generous portion of proceeds from the sale of food and drinks to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which funds research as well as programs that enable all patients access to quality care.

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Athlete Spotlight: St. Thomas’ Nicolas Baizan By Michael Sudhalter

St. Thomas High sophomore goalkeeper Nicolas Baizan is excited about the Eagles’ prospects of winning their first state soccer championship in 33 years. “I think we can make a run to state,” Baizan said. “We have one of the best chances St. Thomas has had in a long time.” Gas was $1.38 per gallon, and Ronald Reagan was the

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president in 1981 -- the last time STH won a state title in soccer. Baizan, 16, has five shutouts for the Eagles this season – his first on the varsity roster. Baizan, who’s played goalkeeper since he was 5 years old, chose St. Thomas over Strake Jesuit because he was impressed with the school during his Shadow Day two years ago. “I like the community, teachers and athletic department,” Baizan said. “I enjoy the brotherhood that’s formed.”

The Eagles will host Beaumont Kelly at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. What have you enjoyed about playing soccer for St. Thomas? “I really like the bond that we have together. I think we’re well-organized.” What do you like about playing goalkeeper? “The amount of action and the pressure I have. I really like the pressure that comes with it. No other position compares to it.”

Describe what it was like to play in tournaments in Orlando, Fla. and Dallas this season? “I think it’s a very collegelike experience because you get to travel with your team. When you step on the field, you’re with 10 of your best friends.” Do you play club soccer year-round? “Yes, I play for the Houston Express club team.” How do you communicate with your teammates

on the field? “I’m a very loud player. I talk a lot when I play, help my team out on defense. Communication is very important. I try to communicate with my teammates as much as possible.” What are your future goals? “To go as far as I can in soccer and be the best goalkeeper. To study Civil Engineering or Petroleum Engineering in college.”

LHN girls prepare for postseason The Lutheran High North boys and girls basketball teams will qualify for the TAPPS 4A playoffs, if they can advance in the district tournament this weekend. TAPPS 5A playoffs The St. Pius X boys basketball team repeated as district champions with a 79-64 win at St. Thomas on Feb. 7. Both teams will advance to the TAPPS 5A playoffs next week. The SPX girls will advance to the postseason as well. Scarborough shows improvement The Scarborough High boys basketball team improved significantly under first-year head coach Martin Wall, a former assistant at Class 5A Cypress Springs. The Spartans may have missed the postseason, but they entered the regular season finale against Washington with a chance of reaching it. They lost a hard-fought game, 65-58. Reagan girls drop playoff opener The Reagan High girls basketball team reached the postseason for the eighth straight season. They lost to host Tomball Memorial, the 22-4A champion, 64-25 on Monday night.

Lutheran High North senior guard Marian Gerard drives to the basket during a 56-47 loss to Westbury Christian last month. The Lady Lions will compete in the district tournament this month with hopes of qualifying for the TAPPS State Playoffs. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Bulldogs, Rams competing for playoff spots At press time, Reagan and Waltrip were competing against Milby for the last two 4A-21 playoff spots. Follow for updates on the 4A-21 playoff picture. Last season, both teams reached the playoffs. Reagan advanced to the second round, while Waltrip lost a hard-fought game in the first.

Eleven local athletes commit Rockets honor Stevens teacher to play sports at the next level Eleven athletes from the Leader area committed to colleges on Feb. 5, the National Letter of Intent day. Reagan High senior running back/defensive back Tavon Dodd signed with Montana State, a Football Championship School located in Bozeman, Mont., while teammates, offensive lineman Gewhite Stallworth and wide receiver Malcolm LaFleur committed to Navarro and Kilgore junior colleges, respectively. The trio helped lead the Bulldogs to their first district championship in 54 years. Scarborough High seniors Justin Steward (a defensive lineman) and Derek Walpool (a wide receiver/running back) will continue to be teammates in college. Both committed to Bacone College, an NAIA school in Muskogee, Okla. Four St. Pius X athletes committed to play football at the next level, while senior Chase Fontana chose baseball

St. Pius X senior athletes, from left, Chase Fontana (Southwestern University baseball), Brian Newman (Hillsdale College football), Sam Pierce (Rice University football), and Avery Sims (Quincy University football) signed with their respective colleges on Feb. 5. Senior Deejay Johnson signed to play football at Southwestern University but was not pictured because he was competing in the International Bowl in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (Photo courtesy of St. Pius X)

over football at Southwestern University. SPX senior Sam Pierce signed with defending Conference USA champion, Rice University, while senior wide receiver Brian Newman, the reigning Touchdown Club of Houston Private School Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Hillsdale, a Division II school in Michigan. Linebacker/defensive end

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Avery Sims signed with Quincy University, a D-II program in Illinois, and defensive back Deejay Johnson committed to play football at Southwestern. St. Thomas senior Chris Zook, who played just about every position available for the Eagles in four varsity seasons, signed to play football for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Stevens first grade teacher Mrs. Angela Persefield, left, was recognized as a top ten winner of the State Farm Teacher Appreciation Night on Jan. 24 at a Houston Rockets game at the Toyota Center. Persefield “had a blast” at the game with her husband and enjoyed meeting the other nominees as well as Clutch, the Rockets’ mascot. The winning nomination form was submitted by Jon Harvey, whose son is a student in Persefield’s class. Harvey wrote that Persefield, “has created an environment where my son can learn, blossom, and come out of his shell.” (Submitted photo)

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Oak Forest Vet Clinic celebrates 50 years The Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic has come a long way in the past half-century. In 1964, horses were seen in the backyard of the practice, along with cattle, dogs and cats. The Oak Forest community was made up of new homes that had been built less than a decade earlier. The community changed, and the clinic adapted as well. Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic still works out of the original building, although it has been remodeled inside several times. In the ever evolving nature of veterinary medicine, Drs. Griffith and Green saw many changes through the years.

When fewer horse calls became necessary, the practice started seeing just dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the Griffith and Green partnership was cut short in the mid 1980s when Dr. Green passed away. Dr. Griffith kept practicing until 2008, when he sold the practice to Dr. Hallie Ray Moore. Today the clinic has three veterinarians, Dr. Susan Cardenas, Dr. Maggie Morris, and Dr. Hallie Ray Moore. The clinic is in the planning phase for a new building in the same location. They have a large backyard to build a new building in while they continue to work out of their current building.

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Check out the third round of Heights Idol on Feb. 21 at the Blue Moose Lodge, 5306 Washington Ave. After the first two rounds (country music and love ballads), the contestants will be ready to rock. The top eight contestants will advance to the finals which will be staged at the Chamber’s annual Crawfish Festival set for March 8 at 411 West 20th St., across the street from Select Specialty Hospital. Admission is free to the Crawfish Festival and crawfish tickets are only $15. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to Sunset.

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Tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the ‘ol dog leash by Molly Sue McGillicutty

Do you ever feel like you just need a little space? Maybe you’re a little grumpy or possibly you’re hurting a little (that old football injury giving you grief in this cold weather)? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have an outward showing of your inability to “play nice” today? Well, if your dog ever feels like this, you might consider learning a little more about The Yellow Dog Project. The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement that aims to bring awareness to the special needs of dogs who need some

space, while still affording them (and you!) the freedom to get out and about. The brainchild of Tara Palardy, a dog trainer in the city of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, the movement seeks to educate the public about appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog with permission of a dog owner only, whether or not a dog is a “Yellow Dog”. The project also seeks to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify dogs needing extra space. A similar, but unaffiliated group to The Yellow Dog Project is DINOS (Dogs In Need Of Space) who aims to educate and remind people to ask the owner before petting the dog. Many dogs who participate in The Yellow Dog Project or DINOS need space for a variety of reasons--not necessarily because they’re aggressive.

Some might have been recently adopted and are still unsure of their surroundings and unfamiliar with their human. Some might have had surgery and need space to heal. Others might have some behavior issues that cause them to react badly to other dogs, people or children. The whole point of the movement is to protect humans and other animals from getting attacked, due to a misunderstanding about a dog’s temperament or current state of friendliness. Local dog owner, Sierra Jones, first read about The Yellow Dog Project in The Leader. Having just adopted “Chewy,” a terrier/shepherd mix, who had some aggressive tendencies, Jones was struggling with not feeling comfortable taking Chewy out on a walk during “peak” walk times, due to his aggression towards other dogs. Jones’ first move

was to purchase a Gentle Leader harness, which helped keep Chewy focused on the walk. Next, after learning more about The Yellow Dog Project, Jones added a yellow ribbon to the leash. Jones felt as though, the Gentle Leader harness, coupled with the yellow ribbon (naturally, with the addition of a verbal warning to a dog owner, if their dog was invading Chewy’s space) was her best defense in giving other dog owners the heads up that Chewy was a DINOS. As Jones said, “I appreciate a [nonverbal] way to communicate that Chewy needs some space.” As a result of The Yellow Dog Project, life in the Jones’ home is much easier. “Chewy is getting better all the time and I no longer plan our walks for odd parts of the day in order to avoid other walkers,” states Jones. If your dog

could benefit from some of the principals of The Yellow Dog Project or DINOS, visit: www. or Choose Me Meet soulful, sweet Maribel, a two-year-old terrier/poodle mix who is Miss Congeniality-she gets along with everyone! Maribel credits her poodle heritage to her low-maintenance, non-shedding coat and her intelligence and playfulness to her terrier ancestors. Maribel loves walks and playing a little fetch but gives equal billing to cuddling and snuggling. Wouldn’t Maribel be the



Art a la Carte: Have a heart for art Valentines Day is upon us. If you’re still scrounging for ideas, I’ve found a few artsy ones for you. Oddly, I could not find one single art event on Valentines Day in time to turn in my column. Like I told my friend Cass, as a former Mitch Cohen waiter, I steer clear Arts Columnist of restaurants on any holiday, but especially this one. I call them tourist nights, so stay home and cook up something special for your honey - check out these red hot art shows instead. THURSDAY Funnel Tunnel Lighting Ceremony, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose. Have you seen the 180 foot sculpture made from steel and reclaimed wood that snakes along the Montrose esplanade by West Gray? THAT is the Funnel Tunnel, an installation by artist Patrick Renner and commissioned by Art League Houston. Expect to find drinks, light snacks and music. The tunnel lighting was generously donated by Brandon Kuehler, Owner and Founder of Light It Right and Brilliance LED. Portraits Of Poetry: Theme: “Passion,” 7-11 p.m. 2nd Thursday each month, The Starving Artist Gallery, 2037 West Alabama. The Starving Artist Gallery Girls host Portraits Of Poetry, a monthly poetry and performance art event with exciting and thought provoking themes each month. Featured poets read around a theme giving audiences a rare vantage point into the artists’ minds and providing unique perspectives. Open mic follows. Featured Readers: Winston Derden, Kris Smith, Jesse Cougot, Marie Brown and Erick Cruz. Though I haven’t been to this

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SATURDAY Discovery Green Flea, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. recycled/up-cycled, eco-friendly art market at Discovery Green downtown.1500 McKinney. Music by Tianna Hall & The Houston Jazz Band from 2-4 p.m. Macaroni Kid Southwest Houston has crafts for the kiddos and The Flea offers a free bicycle repair workshop every month. Now that’s cool! East End Arts Market, 12-5 p.m. 708 Telephone Rd. Ste. C. Also the closing show for Lizbeth Ortiz’s “Corazón Anatómico.” Lizbeth Ortiz, curator of the East End Studio Gallery, has work appearing in two shows Saturday. The Red Show and her closing reception at her space. I’ll ask how she does that and report back to you. Lizbeth created a heart with nails jutting out in all directions with only the points of longer nails radiating out from behind. It is quite expressive. I like the quote from relating to her show: “I have always been intrigued by the organ that pumps life through our bodies. The anatomically correct heart has been a source of inspiration as I explore the visual and emotional bonds associated with it.” Hardy & Nance Studios 3rd Saturday Open Studios with a special Artist’s in Residence “RED” Show, 2-6 p.m., 902 Hardy St. Featuring Alex Barber, Lee Carrier, Em Connor, Allison Currie, Joana Esteves, Alexa Hall, Kenneth Hudson, Naz Kaya-Erdal, Penny McDonald, Diane Nickerson, Lizbeth Ortiz, Claire Richards, Mark Roden, Dana Samuelson and Stäcy Smith. Be sure to visit Studio #17 while you’re here. “Tricyclical Studios” is artists Em Connor, Stäcy Smith and Allison Currie. Hardy & Nance Street Studios is one of my favorites. When I visited New York City a few years ago, I was enthralled with

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