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Photo by Monica Kressman Photography Chase Hamblin and Picture Book perform at the 2015 White Linen Night in the Heights. The group will be performing this year at Tea + Art on 19th Street.

By Landan Kuhlmann Thousands are set to descend upon the Heights for a now-annual tradition like no other this weekend. On Aug. 5, residents from all around Houston will flock to the 200 and 300 blocks of 19th Street between Ashland and Yale for a showcase of local businesses and homegrown artists during the annual White Linen Nights in the Heights. The showcase is patterned from the minds of Chris Thayer and his wife, Kay, who moved to Houston after being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and opened their furniture business on 19th Street. However, upon realization the the dog days of summer were tough for businesses, a tradition was born. “They have White Linen night in the Quarter in New Orleans, and that’s been going on for years. The art galleries have open houses, everyone dresses up, and it’s an art party type of situation,” said Sara Jackson, organizer of White Linen Nights. “They decided to emulate that event and put their own spin on it in the retail district on 19th Street. It’s grown from that.” The Thayers and the Heights First Saturday group organized the event to promote interest and traffic to 19th Street so local businesses could thrive in the blazing Houston summer. Since 2006, White Linen Nights in the

If You Go • Begins at 6 p.m., runs until 10 p.m. • Parking available at Hamilton Middle School, as well as an Uber pickup and drop-off zone at the corner of 20th & Ashland • Main art scene is 200 & 300 blocks of 19th Street between Ashland and Yale

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Heights has provided residents and visitors with a premiere event to showcase the talent and creations of Houston’s own, and has grown beyond what the founders could have imagined when transplanted to Houston more than a decade ago. Artists such as Arthur Deatly, Andy Gonzalez, Ginger Annette and dozens more local artists’ work will be on display outside local shops, while live musical acts such as Bossa II at Casa Ramirez will float their melodious tunes out into the night air. “One of the great things about the Heights is that people really like to support local businesses and local artists,” Jackson said. “In the tradition of the event, partnering those two things together at a time when it’s hard

for them to get foot traffic out there is great.” Beginning at 6 p.m. (as the art market is set up and artists are hosting open houses) and running until 10 p.m., White Linen Nights will again offer festival goers with a bevy of options, from the art displays for those wanting to get the first crack at local gems, as well as some preand-post-event parties at local watering holes such as the new Presidio or Heights Biergarten. “It’s become a tradition, so people have made it a plan to come here with their friends and family every year — something circled on their calendar that’s just a fun event they go to every See Linen P. 7A

The city of Houston has begun work on a nearly $3 million package that will in part benefit Oak Forest as part of a city-wide initiative. At some point over the next year and a half, traffic signals near 2215 W. 43rd Street and the intersection of 43rd Street and Oak Forest Drive will be home to some upgraded traffic technology as part of a citywide contract for an Intelligent Transportation System that will be deployed by TransCore across 489 intersections throughout the city. “They want to be able to better track the traffic better. This will play into the city’s new contract to help with signal timing and help make the traffic flow,” said Alanna Reed, Public Information Officer for the city’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “We want to be able to better control the city’s mobility, so this is just a piece of it that will help us with minimizing congestion and making sure you aren’t sitting at a light and having traffic building up when there’s nobody crossing the intersection.” Over the next three years, TransCore will install 91 new Dynamic Message Signs, 113 roadside cameras, 144 solar-powered, mid-block radar detection sites and Photo by Landan Kuhlmann 489 traffic signal As evidenced by this sign, the detection sites. intersection of 43rd and Oak The roughly $2.9 Forest is one local spot set million package to receive some traffic signal that includes the lo- upgrades soon. cal intersections began earlier this year, and is estimated to be completed in December of 2018, though it remains unclear exactly when particular local signals will be upgraded with the new technology due to construction schedules. “We’re trying to do everything we can to keep people moving and get them where they need to go in a safe way and trying to get up to date on the technology we need to improve the mobility in the city,” Reed said. TransCore’s system will continuously monitor some of Houston’s busiest streets, such as Oak Forest and 43rd. Through real-time data collection and monitoring from roadside equipment, traffic engineers will be able to stay aware of current traffic conditions, and possibly predict locations and times that have a greater likelihood of incidents. Additionally, it will deploy emergency personnel when needed, as well as alert motorists of changing roadway conditions by automatically posting updates on the message signs. “As major metropolitan cities continue to grow, the use of intelligent transportation systems has enabled local governments to increase mobility, See Traffic P. 2A

Heights Theater makes National Historic Register By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Long known as a local iconic hot spot, the Heights Theater will now forever be etched into this nation’s history. Last Monday, the owner of the Heights Theater received news he had waited a long time to hear. Edwin Cabaniss’ newly preserved and lovingly restored theater on 19th Street was officially accepted into the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that is not easy to achieve, but the highest honor a preservationist’s work can receive. Cabaniss was elated, as are all who value Houston’s history. “We had our sights on this designation even before we bought the theater. It’s been a tedious process and a lot of work getting here, but today is indeed a very good day,” Cabaniss stated. The original theater was constructed in 1928 in the Mission style by a Heights family who operated it as a movie theater. It quickly became the center of activity in the community. In 1935, the facade was modernized into the Art Deco

style popular at the time, and remains the way we see it today. In 1968, the theater fell victim to arson. “I am Curious Yellow” was showing at the time which was considered controversial and “XXX.” The Houston Fire Department considered a number of suspects; a church was boycotting the theater at the time of the fire, and literature from the Ku Klux Klan was discovered stuffed into the seats afterward. No one was ever charged. After remaining vacant for 20 years, Heights residents Gus Koprivas and his wife Sharon purchased the property in 1988 for less than $50,000, and started to semi-restore it. The theater soon became the icon of the historic Heights. In 2015, the Koprivas listed the building for sale for $1,900,000. There were many offers but it was purchased by Dallas developer Cabaniss soon after. A dedicated preservationist, he went right to work. See History P. 8A

Photo supplied Eager show-goers line up outside the historic Heights Theater. The restored theater was recently accepted to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Heights resident seeks justice for harrowing assault By Landan Kuhlmann

One Heights resident is still in shock after a quick-strike attack left him confused and traumatized. And while the incident was over almost before he could process it, it will long remain etched in his memory. As Dr. Steve Millner took his normal nightly route home on Michaux Street near White Oak Drive in the Heights, he gave a wide berth to several bicycle riders near an intersection, waiting for them to pass. As Millner approached 6 ½ Street, he said all three members (two males, one female) of the crew went ahead and

turned left and went on their way — or so he thought. “I started to stop and roll the window down. As I gave it gas, I still kept further to the right to let them know I wasn’t close,” he said. “I’m approaching the speed bump on Michaux, when out of my left eye I saw this guy.” The longtime Heights resident said of the men (on a bicycle) in a red cap and old Astros jersey reached in, grabbed his shirt, pulled him into the door jam and held him there before striking four blows. After that, the man grabbed Millner’s glasses off his face, hit him three more times, threw the glasses down, and

then threw one more punch. “It was over in about 10 seconds. There was nothing I could do,” Millner said, recalling he simply sat there, stunned at the sequence of events which had made the day take a frightening turn, before calling the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. In the days since, deputies have combed the area around 6th and 7th Street, asking neighbors for security camera footage and if they could see the feed from that day. “They said I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was told there are a lot of bike thefts in this area, and more than likely these guys

were bike thieves,” Millner said. “But all I know, is that I know a psychopath with rage issues when I see one. Someone who did to me what he did, who can then just ride away calmly afterwards while flipping me off, is telling. It was brutal, quick and then over.” As a avid cyclist himself, Millner has seen views from both sides, and believes deterioration of biker-driver relations played some role in the incident, evidenced by the biker’s obscene and profane slurs while giving the beating. “Bicycles and cars really don’t mix, and I’ve learned to kind of stay far away from them. I didn’t get closer than

about 20 feet to any of them during this whole ordeal,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to see [bike rage like this] ratchet up, but bicyclists are mad at drivers, and car drivers are mad at bicyclists.” “I would like to at least see a conversation started and moved quickly into action. I was told I was lucky, but I’m only now beginning to feel safe again, and I don’t feel lucky at all,” Millner added. “The fear that the guy is going to show up there again, and the beating, traumatized me. It was very sudden, very quick and brutal — I’m not over it. I couldn’t do anything, and I felt completely helpless and pow-

erless.” In the end, Millner said, he wants the man to feel as he feels, and pay for stealing the sense of safety and security he once felt in his neighborhood, and is struggling to get back. “Maybe they’re hiding low or something, but if people start talking, something could lead to his arrest. [This is] a dangerous man out there on the streets of my neighborhood doing these things in broad daylight,” he said. “If the neighbors could help me out with this, I’d really appreciate it.”

Man convicted of killing Heights sisters could soon be up for parole From Staff Reports A harrowing fight for one Heights family is unexpectedly not over, decades after it began. According to a report from our media partners at KHOU, Edmond Beauregard Degan, who was found guilty of the 1984 murders of Yleen and Lillie Kennedy in 2015 after the case went unsolved for

decades, is already under review for parole, less than two years after his conviction. The victim’s niece, Jackie Elliot, did not even believe that the original 15-year sentence was near harsh enough for Degan’s act, and was in shock when she learned of his potential early release. The sisters were killed in their home near 12th and Oxford Street in the Heights.

Yleen had been raped, beaten and stabbed, while Lillie died from a single gunshot wound to the head. “He’s been able to live his life for 30 years, go on, get married, have kids. All of the things my family was robbed of,” Elliot told KHOU. “Serving the 15 years complete still, in my opinion, not enough time.” Victim advocate Andy Kahan told KHOU that he does

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The Leader is looking for the area’s top young leaders. Know someone? Staff Reports

The Leader is looking for the top young, well, leaders in our community. On Sept. 16, our entire edition will be devoted to the Top 30 under 40 – those people who live and work here who are under the age of 40. Already, nominations are pouring in and we don’t want to miss someone you know or work with who deserves to be honored for his or her work in the community. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m., and a committee will pick the Top 30.

The requirement for nominations is simple: The person must either live or work in The Leader’s coverage area – extending to the south at Washington Avenue, the north at Little York Road, the west at 290 and the east at I-45. If you know someone who lives in the area but works on the Energy Corridor or in The Woodlands or in Galveston, that person is eligible. If a person lives in Kingwood or Pearland but works in this area, that person is eligible too. To nominate a young leader,

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Reader Request: Please explain phone etiquette


reader sent me a note recently, asking if I could help cure one of society’s great ills. I appreciate the power still vested in the written word, but this one may be out of reach. Here’s the cited problem: The phone – and not the sort you find attached to a cord in a museum. The problem is the usage of today’s most important utility, which happens to be your cell phone or smart phone or addiction network, whichever you choose to call it. The reader’s problem was very specific. “You should do a column on cell phone etiquette on leaving messages. People will call and not leave a message and they expect a call back.” I feel a little like Ann Landers. Dear Reader with Phone Etiquette Issues… But nobody calls me “Dear,” so let me offer a little perspective to this problem. We’ll start with the evolution of the phone all the way back to where my research has taken me, which consists of me squeezing my knuckles very tight and trying to remember what a guy once explained to me about phone exchanges. At some point after people attached Campbell Soup cans together with string and talked across tree houses, we started using phone

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exchanges. Apparently, people called an operator – normally a sweet lady with her hair up and an ash tray at her side – and asked to speak with a neighbor. At that point, you, the neighbor and the operator all shared a conversation. I technically wasn’t alive during this period, but that’s what I’ve heard. The only rule for conversations was you didn’t say anything you didn’t want the operator to repeat to the next person who called. Next, we all got seven digits to our phone numbers, mounted a weapon on the kitchen wall and made sure we bought a cord long enough to stretch to the back yard. (One of life’s worst problems was untangling that cord.) Initially, we either got a person on the other line or a busy signal. There were no rules for making calls back then. Like with exchanges, you either got in touch or you didn’t.

After that, everything spun out of control. We hooked tape players to our phones, recorded ridiculous greetings and sprinted to that recorder every time we got home from school or church, just to see if we missed anything important. Then came call waiting, which never synced with the old-time answering machines but thankfully worked with the advent of voicemail services provided by our phone carriers. And eventually, we got to cell phones, which initially made us all happy because we could talk to anyone at any time. But then came texting, which replaced our desire to talk on the phone. As I’ve written before, I have friends who I’ve called who immediately sent me a text back asking, “What do you want?” Something else was invented with cell phones – something that never happened with rotaries or even push-button phones attached to a wall. That invention? The “butt dial,” which is very important to solving “Dear Phone Etiquette’s” problem. You see, our derrieres are not so skilled that they could punch in seven consecutive digits, and even when our dads started carrying portable phones in their back pockets, their cheeks were not nimble enough

to “butt dial” anyone. That changed when we attached cell phones to our hips (the worst stylistic move approved by humans in the past century). All of the sudden, we were unintentionally calling people who listened to us breathe for 3 minutes and 47 seconds. And those poor people would stay on the line, hoping to catch us saying something incriminating. And that leads us back to “Dear Etiquette’s” dilemma. There are three kinds of calls we get today: Nope, No and Know (write this stuff down, people). The “Nope” calls are the three calls I’ve received just this morning from Battle Creek, Mich., Phoenix and Flowery Branch, Ga. Those are people who want to sell me something, and any time they call, my reply is Nope. I do not answer, I will not talk to them and I wish they would all stand in a shower and hold their plugged-in phone charges. (By the way, did you know 12 percent of all smartphone owners use their phones in the shower? It’s a verified statistic published by Then you have the “No” answer. These are the numbers and names that you’ve seen before. Heck, some of them may be saved in your contact list. But these are people

Texas gets dressed down THE RESTAURANT – This is a relatively fancy place - not much lipstick on the glasses -- but there is something I notice about the clientele: Their clothes. Put it this way, I am the only grown man here wearing long pants. All the other males are in shorts. So are most of the women and all of the children. Used not to be this way, which leads us to today’s discussion: dress codes are changing. Is this good or bad? Will spats make a comeback, and who needs ties? I am all for comfortable clothes, but “No shoes, no shirt, no service,” has become: “No shoes, no shirt, no problem.” We begin here in this restaurant. These are the dog days of summer in Texas, when you can fry an egg on your egg. Along the Gulf Coast we can add the humidity. But restaurants are freezing year-round, so I always keep a sweater in my car to bring into eateries. This place is Ice Station Zebra on the Bayou because the restaurant’s staff of bus boys, waiters and cooks is in charge of the thermostat. They are running around, sweating like an immigrant at a Trump rally. They are hot, so they keep making this place colder. As for the customers, we freeze, or at least I do. My own dress code is defined by the temperature, not the ambiance. I am wearing long pants, a long-sleeve shirt and my handy sweater. These other folks eating here are in their shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops. They must be newly arrived from Boston. Even the uptown eateries seem to have dropped their dress codes. In years past, men were required to wear a coat and tie. Not now. The more downscale you go, the dress is casual down to sloppy. At this point I should note that, if there is no longer a dress code, there should still be a taste code. Over at another table are two of the fattest, grossest men with their bare stomachs protruding out from under their skin-tight Tshirts and their legs look like bear fur. Their female counterparts are fat, sloppy and should be confined to the take-out lane. Yuk. Dressed for lunch at restaurants can be different. Casual Fridays are now casual 2017. A table may be filled with men wearing sport shirts, slacks and dress shoes or maybe nice boots, but no one seems to wear a tie to work anymore. The women

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are all neatly dressed for business, but high-heels must have gone the way of men’s ties. At least no one is in shorts. The same cannot be said for your local grocery store. Between Easter and Halloween, shorts are de rigueur on Aisle 5. During the day, young mothers come in wearing their tennis garb. I wonder how many of them really play tennis. Oh, and they all are holding a plastic bottle of imported water and an iPhone. Occasionally, at the grocers, after work you will see guys wearing their green scrubs. This tells everyone: “I am a doctor. Show some respect.” Over the years what we wore outside of the house, ranch or job at the hog rendering plant was predictable. Clothes were for looks, not comfort. However, if you watched “Downton Abbey,” you noticed how the upper class got all gussied up for dinner. Their dressing started about 4 p.m., but then they had nothing else to do. The ladies wore long dresses with lots of jewelry, and the gentlemen were in a tux. Those times being before dry cleaning, we can only guess what the table smelled like on a summer night. On this side of the pond (the new term for the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s shorter), the Vanderbilts and the Astors did the same. Speaking of the pond, in the movie, “Titanic,” set in 1912, the dress code for the upper crust was about the same. And look at those old photos of people standing on the Galveston beach during the summer. It’s 102 degrees with 100 percent humidity. The women’s dresses were several layers of cloth and went from turtle neck to the ground, while the men were wearing white linen suits, high collars, ties and straw hats. They look miserable. My father brought home one of the first pair of Bermuda shorts I had seen. My mother wouldn’t let him wear them out of the house. Once as a senior in high school, I and a few other boys decided to attend school wearing Bermuda shorts. We didn’t even

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get to our first class before we were sent to the principal’s office where we were lectured about proper clothing etiquette, and sent home to change. Today during warm days, students are sent home for not wearing shorts. As a UT student I worked the cafeteria line at a dorm holding 452 female students. (I would have paid for the job). The dress code (or co-ed) for lunch and dinner was a skirt with blouse or a dress, strictly enforced. One time a girl showed up wearing, culottes, and was sent back to her room to change clothes. Now I think that dorm’s dress code is “whatever fits.” Same for their live-in boyfriends. Today Bermuda shorts are worn everywhere, even to church, and you have been wondering why Bermuda shorts are called that. Guess

what? They didn’t originate in Bermuda, although at the Summer Olympics the Bermuda team marches in wearing red Bermuda shorts (red being the main color in their flag). During World War II, British military wore shorts in tropical and desert warfare, but, being proper King’s troops, they wore long socks. Meanwhile, there was a shortage of clothing in Bermuda, so two banks got a local tailor to make shorts, modeled on those worn by the British military, for their male employees, with long socks, of course. This was the beginning of Bermuda shorts as business attire in Bermuda, a fad which quickly spread to Texas restaurants – minus socks. Ashby wears ashby2@

you have no reason to speak with, and there’s a better-than-50-percent chance that they’ve “butt dialed” you. When they call, you do not answer. If they leave a message, it usually starts with, “Hey, I know you weren’t expecting me to call, but had something I wanted to ask you.” If that happens, you do call them back, but only after an hour because you don’t want them to know (even though they do) that you were screening their call. And then there’s the “Know” category. These are the people who are your friends or colleagues. If they call and you don’t answer, you are required to call them back. These are the people who may know the location of your children. They may need to know what time you want to play golf on Saturday. They know that the boss is looking for you and you need to call them back. With people in the “Know” category, they have the option of leaving you a message. You are not required to listen to the message, but you probably will, right after you call that person back. Or, you can just send them a text and ask, “What do you want?” Dear Etiquette, I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, leave me a message. Email

The reader. Home Invaders

Dear Editor: Thank you for this interesting article. Although the headline title that describes the Bahaman brown anole as an “unwelcome foe,” may be a bit inaccurate. The brown anole is a predator of the insect pests that annoy us, and it doesn’t invade homes. It does seem to have out competed the green anole, and it is much more likely to scurry away than the green anole. As the article notes the green anole is still common, but has adapted to more aboreal living. (The green anole, by the way, does change color, and can be green, brown, or even nearly gray.) The Mediterranean gecko is also an imported species, and is most active at night, and is found in and around homes. The gecko doesn’t compete as much with the anoles. I would like to see more articles about the wildlife of Houston. For example, I would love for someone to answer the question as to why the Houston toad (Bufo houstensis), which was discovered in

the 1940s or 50s, quickly disappeared from Houston and is now relegated to a population of only a few thousand, mostly in Bastrop State Park. Other toads (probably Bufo valiceps) thrive in Houston, and can be heard and seen in droves after every rain, many being crushed on the streets as well. Why is the Houston toad unable to establish a population in Houston? Another wild life question that occasionally comes up in newspapers around town, but has never really been answered, is the disappearance of fire flies in Houston. Maybe the Leader can look into these animal mysteries and write an article. Jason Hochman Dear Editor: I thought my greens were gonna be goners after the browns moved in but they’ve managed to hold on another year. Matt Hackworth Email us your letters:

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The calendar. WALK WITH A DOC The Torres Center Dr. Ana Torres invites the community to this monthly walk in the park. Enjoy some fun in the sun and a 15-minute pre-walk health talk. Walk at your own pace. Water and light snack provided. The walk will be from 8-9 a.m. Aug. 5, at Love Park, 1000 W. 12th St. Information: 713-8639200,

AUGUST WINE EVENT Rainbow Lodge This month’s Sip and Stroll Wine Tasting event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Chef Mark Schmidt pairs a few of his favorite late summer casual tastes. The cost is $35 per person through Aug. 8, and $40 on event day. Rainbow Lodge is located at 2011 Ella Blvd. Information: 713-8618666,

BACK TO SCHOOL ACNE CLINIC B. Chandler Solutions Just in time for back to school is Houston’s first ever free acne clinic to be held in four sessions - 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19. The event will be at the Marriott Courtyard, 2504 North Loop 610 West, 77092. Topics covered are the Mayo Clinic report on the four causes of acne, acne medicine, treatments and cleansing, and acne solutions. The new book release “The Myths of Acne Treatments” will be featured along with demonstrations and samples. Call 281-787-3876, 855-XIT-LITE (948-5483), or email for reservations.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT CIRCLE Memorial Hermann Greater Heights The Amputee Support Circle meets the second Friday of every month from 1–2:30 p.m., with the next meeting Aug. 11. The meeting provides educational speakers, resources for amputee needs, and a conducive environment for amputees to meet others and share their experiences. Information: 832-304-3574 or 713-854-2504. GOODWILL FUNDRAISER Waltrip High School Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., is hosting a Goodwill Fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. Aug. 12, in the school parking lot. Please bring donations and

From the Pews. Free pancake breakfast at St. Matthew’s UMC It’s that time again. Time to round up your friends and head to the August Free Pancake Breakfast, Aug. 5. Serving time begins at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The menu consists of pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, and breakfast drinks. Come and visit with friends and St. Matthew’s members. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd. For information, call 713-697-0671 or visit the website at, or the Facebook page. Sermon series ‘Absurd Grace’ at St. Stephen’s The summer sermon series, “Absurd Grace”, continues Sundays through Aug. 20. All are welcome to attend worship at 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) and 11 a.m. (traditional). A Fine Arts Camp offering an exploration of the arts through the centuries with visual arts, music, dance and

drama for students in grades K-6 will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. Tuition is $100 for the first child, $75 for the second, with a $250 family cap. The cost includes dinner for students and their families. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit and the church’s Facebook page. Heights Presbyterian to participate in White Linen Night Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 240 W. 18th St., will be participating at White Linen Night from 610 p.m. Aug. 5. Come by and grab a bottle of water and check out our newly remodeled sanctuary. There will also be a jeweler and food vendor. Call 713-861-1907 or visit for information.

the students will be available to move the items from your car to the Goodwill collection bins. Please help make the fundraiser a success and donate those no longer needed items. ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING OPEN HOUSE Lone Star College Victory Center The Academy for Lifelong Learning Open House will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Lone Star College Victory Center, 4141 Victory Dr. Come meet the instructors and speakers, visit with fellow members, get catalogs and parking permits, and register for membership and classes. The Academy for Lifelong Learning provides free classes and social opportunities for senior adults (50+). Membership is just $20/year for this campus. Information:,, 281-810-5680.

Johnnie Wilmer Colburn, 98, born Jan. 20, 1919, died July

23. He grew up as the son of a poor sharecropper, married the love of his life, Beatrice Myrtle Gerland Colburn, in 1941, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943. Colburn was a deacon at both Bethany Baptist Church and White Oak Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving daughter, Darlene Colburn Whitt, eight grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren.

Pedro Hernandez, 77, of Huehuetlan El Chico, Puebla, Mexico, died July 23. Pedro is survived by his wife of 47 years, Guadalupe, daughters Blanca Serrano, Graciela Lopez, Martha Hernandez, Maria Elena Hernandez, Concepcion Hernandez, and son Pedro Hernandez Jr. Janet Juanita Kennedy, 65, born Sept. 19, 1949 in Marietta,

Ga., died July 23. She was married to Michael J. Kennedy for 40 years. As a member of Stephen F. Austin High School’s Class of 1969, she was the first woman in her family to graduate high school. After graduation, Kennedy worked in accounts payable for Gordon’s Jewelers in downtown Houston. She was a devoted member and Altar Society guild leader at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She is survived by her children Tim, Ann, Bridget and Theresa, and five grandchildren.

Charlie “CoCo” Lopez, 42, born Sept. 8, 1974, died July 27.

40TH CLASS REUNION Scarborough High School class of 1977 The G. C. Scarborough class of

Baptist Church, 403 E. 43rd St., will hold a free community health fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5. Featured are hearing aids, HIV testing, Diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol screening, breast cancer, medical/life insurance and more. The Family Violence Center,

1977 will have their 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, at The Spot Club located at 1732 W. 18th St. Please join the facebook page G C Scarborough High school class of 1977 or email Roger Souders at DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Classes are held every other Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, 1635 North Loop West, in the South Tower on the second floor. Information: 713-867-4515.

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Linen from P. 1A for motorists and passerby alike, White Linen Nights has partnered with Uber for a more enjoyable experience for all. “Users can use a discount code to get up to $20 off their ride for White Linen Night. We’ll have a pickup and dropoff zone set up in the parking lot on the corner of 20th and Ashland,” Jackson said. Looking for another safe place to park the car on White Linen Night? Alexander Hamilton Middle School will offer parking in their attended lot from 5 p.m. until midnight. Drivers can enter on E. 22nd between Harvard and Yale. Parking is offered by the Hamilton Middle School PTO and all proceeds will be for the benefit of enriching the learning experience and environment for all students.





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The Heights Theater at White Linen Night 2016.






There will also be a major uptick in live music performers (in addition to Bossa II) at the 2017 edition of White Linen Nights compared to years past according to Jackson, including The Atomic Nightingales on the street in the 200 block near Yale, Queerpunk Fest at Vinal Edge (featuring The Furcoats from Austin, Rim Job from NOLA and SPACE CAMP from Connecticut), DEM reggae band at Fly High Little Bunny, duneTX at Jubilee, Wrestlers, Khris Royal and Ishi at the Heights Theater and Rio Yeti at Harold’s Tap Room. White Linen Night in the Heights is open to the general public with no admission fee. For more information on this year’s event, readers can visit theheightswhitelinennight. com/.


year,” Jackson said of the phenomenon which draws about 50,000 visitors on an annual basis. “People like to have an excuse to party and support local businesses in their neighborhood, and this gives them the opportunity to do both.” While the event has clearly aged well, improvements can always be made, and this year, Jackson said organizers have taken initiative to combat a long-standing issue in the Heights — parking. Parking along the Heights’ narrow streets or on parking pads along the street may be convenient, but makes for a hassle for drivers attempting to sidle on through the event or walkers attempting to navigate the labyrinth of parked cars. So, in efforts to reduce vehicle traffic and general headaches

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The Heights Theater Opens Doors for White Linen Night Mitch Cohen For The Leader Last year during White Linen Night in the Heights Houstonians got their first sneak peek into the Heights Theater, still under construction. This year, the public is invited indoors for free performances and an artist reception. The iconic Heights theater marquee, with glowing neon over the crowds on 19th St., will be all it takes to lure the curious indoors. Once inside the lobby, visitors will be greeted by the symbolic artwork of Dallas resident George R. Holman. George Holman studied Psychology and Architecture at Oklahoma State University and the University of California at Berkeley, which probably explains his fascination with symbols, geometry, meaning, transcendence and the origin of form. Continuing past the lobby into the vast theater, I was awestruck by the size of the space. The theater seating area was designed to be flexible for each performance. The general seating area and dining tables have been removed for Saturday evening performances leaving standing room for up to 700. Be sure to look down, the hardwood floors are immaculate. The team at Heights Theater knows how to have a good time after nearly a year of bringing in performers by national, local and regional musicians. Saturday evenings free performance is no exception. The evening starts with the sounds created by the funky electro-dance duo of Aidan Kennedy & David Elkin Wrestlers. The DJ duo was called “dance music for those who

Photo by Kenneth Hudson The Heights Theater (still under construction) at White Linen Nights 2016. This year, the public will be invited indoors for free performances by Khris Royal, Ishi, and the electro dance duo of Aidan Kennedy and David Elkin Wrestlers.

give a damn about dance music.” By Cat5 Magazine. The Houston DJ’s retake the stage two more times at 8:15 and 10 p.m. At 7 p.m. Khris Royal performs. Royal’s band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, is an alternative funk band on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Royal has been playing saxophone since he was seven years old! Royal’s mix of funk, jazz and rock will keep patrons on the fast dance floor. Ishi is a high energy electronic band from Dallas, with influences of soul, funk, and folk to electro, techno and house. They thrive on creating a positive atmosphere that allows their audience to let loose & express themselves. Friends have told me performances by Ishi are as much a visual experience as auditory. Heights Theater is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. Tickets, showtimes and a full calendar of amazing musicians and bands are available on their website Photo by Karlo Ramos Shown here is Ishi performing Disco Queen. The high-energy electronic band will perform at White Linen Nights this year.

Photo contributed Khris Royal and his band Khris Royal and the Dark Matter will bring their alternative funk stylings to White Linen Nights at the Heights Theater.

History from P. 1A There were many set-backs. It turned out that the rear of the building was four inches lower than the front, requiring major engineering to level. The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, required that the floor in the entry to be level and wheelchair compliant. It wasn’t “The entry was also all original tile from the building’s construction in 1928,” explained Cabaniss. “Each little tile had to be removed by hand according to historic code. We chipped out each existing tile carefully, then built the floor up, and re-laid the tile to bring the entry into compliance.” Those tiny tiles have served the feet of people from Houston’s history. Dr. Denton Cooley, Gene Autry, Dan Rather, and Bonnie and Clyde have visited the theater, not to mention the family members of many others. “We love to see projects such as the Heights Theater,” stated Jim

Parsons, Director of Special Projects for Preservation Houston, a city-wide not-profit agency dedicated to organizing and advocating for historic preservation. “We are proud of all the recognition the theater is getting, and the wonderful job that the new owner has done. Imagine if those tiny tiles were just cast aside. A part of our history would be lost forever.” Cabaniss understands that, and as such, pushed hard for the designation. “We now have historic protections on for the theater on three levels - at the city level, with the state of Texas, which has quite a bite to it, and finally, federal historic recognition. That trumps them all. We are satisfied that 100 years from now, the Heights Theater will remain as it is. It will remain the Heights Theater for perpetuity and we couldn’t happier,” Cabaniss concluded.

Photo contributed The Heights Theater has been home to many iconic performances, such as this packed house for Robert Earl Keen.

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