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Art Valet

By Mitch Cohen

Arts Columnist

Thirsty Explorer

By Christina Martinez Managing Editor

The Market at Sawyer Yards coming soon Lucky’s Pub Heights suffers damage from flood Picture this: a thick hardcover binder with plastic inserts holding printed calendar pages, covered in notes, to-do lists, interview schedules, ideas for stories and people to interview, things to buy for upcoming events and press deadlines scheduled six, three and one month out. If you see anything like that, I assure you it is not mine. It took me half the day to realize what day it is and then close to the end of the same day before I realize my column deadline was … yesterday. Hit the panic button! Fortunately for you dear readers, my idea of being short and to the point gets right up to the maximum word count for my column. Which by the way, I’ve never ascertained what that count is. Oh well. I have been busy, and I think it’s safe to reveal what exactly that is. Last summer I wrote about my visit to the Eugene Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon. (Search the online archives under lifestyle/artvalet to August 28 and September 3) The market is the longest running weekly in the country, and I was beyond thrilled talking to long time exhibitors and some of the newer ones. I had coffee with patrons who met there every week for breakfast. The market is, literally, a thriving economy wrapped up in a community event. On May 14, I am bringing my version of Eugene’s famous market to Houston and we’re calling it The Market at Sawyer Yards. The “we” is the fabulous team at Sawyer Yards (sawyeryards.com) which includes the new Washington Avenue Arts District. The market will be surrounded by The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter and Silver Street Studios and soon a brewery and new retail in neighboring spaces. The studios are not just art studios but the highest concentration of working artists in

Contributed photo by Bayou City Art Festival The Heights’ own Yeti Sunshine serving up ice at last year’s festival.

Texas! For that reason, this market will focus on folk art, artisan crafts, specialty foods and handmade goods. We’ll have original music and, of course, everyone’s favorite food trucks. To start we’ll be open on 2nd Saturdays through the summer and I expect our hours will change with the heat, but on our first show, May 14, we’ll be open 10-5 p.m. More details on the website including an application: sawyerstreetmarket.com.

Bayou City Art Festival’s featured artist April Murphy (left) and her friend Chrissy Doolen.

First Saturday Arts Market will remain and continue to showcase area fine artists. Remember, our last day show until September is from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 7.The market switches hours to evenings in June. 1stSatArtMarket.com. This weekend, the Bayou City Art Festival, produced by Art Colony Association is back at Houston’s Memorial Park as one of the top ten outdoor fine art events in the nation. The festival will take place on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This year’s featured artist is April Murphy, who specializes in capturing nature, pets and whimsical fantasies using vivid colors and animated characters. “I’m excited about welcoming more than 300 artists from all parts of the country as we celebrate this milestone year at Art Colony Association,” said Executive Director Bridget Anderson. “This festival has been around for 45 years, and it’s an honor to share this 3-day weekend with such a diverse group of artists, community leaders and of course, Houstonians.” This year I had the honor of being a juror for this esteemed event and so I’m going all out and coerced art market artist friends to join me bar-tending Saturday and Sunday at noon. Look for us at the Stella Artois Art Bar. I’ll be there Sunday; heavy tipping is encouraged. There is no parking at Memorial Park, very comfortable and fast shuttles are available, get info and tickets on the website www.artcolonyassociation.org. Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him through his website ArtValet.com.

After recent rainfall and flooding in Houston, many area homes, restaurants and even bars experienced significant flooding. One of our area drinking establishments, Lucky’s Pub Heights, took in a significant amount of water again and closed doors for repairs. Lucky’s Pub Heights is located at 2520 Houston Ave. The location is right where White Oak and Houston meet and right where White Oak Bayou runs. The intersection and area is known for its flooding from the bayou, as this is not the first year Lucky’s Pub Heights has taken on water. Alas, some good news: Lucky’s Pub Heights is reopening this weekend! From 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28 to 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, Lucky’s will resume their normal hours. NFL Draft Party The seasons are changing and right around this time is when sports fanatics, like myself, are in pure bliss with all of the sports highlights unfolding. One highlight this week is the NFL Draft. Who will the Texans draft with their first pick? Who do you want them to draft? If not the Texans, who is your team? And who is your rookie you have your eyes on? The next big question where are you watching the draft unfold? Red carpet coverage will begin at 5 p.m. and will air on the NFL network. If you don’t have the NFL network, here’s a few spots in the neighborhood to watch.

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Houston Dairymaid launches beekeeping startup By Christina Martinez


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Mother’s Day May 8th

Now taking reservations. Piano playing throughout the day. à La Carte menu available.

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Hughie’s Tavern 1802 W. 18th St. Little J’s Bar 5306 Washington Ave. Lucky’s Pub Heights 2520 Houston Ave. Wakefield Crowbar 954 Wakefield Dr.

Variety Night

Live Oak Bar and Grill and Soalz Entertainment are hosting some local talent this weekend. Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, three local acts will take stage on Live Oak’s patio. Find performances by hosts D3, Phantom Arcade and Tribe Hill. There will be plenty of food and drinks and vendor space is available. Live Oak Bar and Grill is located at 10444 Hempstead Rd.

The Raven Tower kicked off free yoga Sundays in March and will continue this on through June. Yoga will be instructed by Black Swan Yoga on the patio, just bring a mat and yourself. After your yoga session, check out drink specials, food, and local vendor offerings for a well-balanced Sunday Funday as we slide into summer. The Raven Tower is located at 310 North St.

Try our

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Mango Chicken $6.50 Sesame Shrimp $7.50 Free Wi-Fi • Free Delivery limiteD AreA ($12 min.)

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Rememeber when country music was country? Take a trip down memory lane and join us on

Saturday, May 7, 2016

8:00 p.m. to Midnight KC Odin Hall, 607 East Whitney Street Houston, Texas 77022

Dance to the music of Bill Mock & the Highway 105 Band Admission $10 per person (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Profits from this dance will go to the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter Alzheimers Association Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of KC 2917 Please call Kathy at 281-356-3535 for more information.

Banquet Hall Screenshot from YouTube Nicole Buergers promoting her Bee2Bee Honey Collective campaign on Youtube.

ton Dairymaids for the past five years (and will continue to be!). Find out more at www.indiegogo.com/projects/houston-beekeeping-bee2beehoney-collective#/

Whitney Oaks Hall

816 E. Whitney Dr. 713-692-0198 w w w.whitneyoakshall.com

E. Whitney


Northline Mall Airline Dr

Email christina@theleadernews.com

Seating Capacity: 640 Stage • Dance Floor • Lighted Secured Parking


Union Kitchen in Garden Oaks makes progress Progress is underway for Union Kitchen to move into Ella Plaza. Gr8 Plate Hospitality owner Paul Miller has

invited community leaders, businesses, residents and partners to come see what they have planned from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 29. The Hard Hat Brunch will be hosted at the restaurant site, 3452 Ella Blvd.


One of Houston Dairymaid’s own dairymaids is getting a little bee-zy and launching Bee2Bee Honey Collective this spring. From their Indiegogo campaign web page, Bee2Bee Honey Collective’s mission is to provide a healthy, sustainable habitat for honeybees and promote urban beekeeping and education. They plan on going about this in two ways: launching beekeeping services and boasting a website for beekeepers (including those receiving the beekeeping service) to sell their honey. The queen bee heading up the project is Nicole Buergers. Buergers has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds and as of Tuesday, March 27, she’s raised $9,247 of her $20K goal. Buergers has also been a cheesemonger at the Hous-


Christian’s Tailgate 2820 White Oak Dr.

Free yoga at the Raven Tower April Murphy’s rendition of Mitch’s 1st Saturday Art Market entitled “1st Caturday Bark Market”.

Facebook photo Extensive flood damage to Lucky’s Pub Heights at 2520 Houston Avenue.


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