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Debt-Free Living

Career Decisions Workshop Free - Every Thursday 2:30 p.m. Orientation 3:00 p.m. Skills classes 5:30 p.m. Keynote topics 7:00 p.m. Networking opportunities This program equips participants with the tools and techniques for career success.

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Debt-Free Living July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Barbara Woods-Spofford, LCSW Explore how choosing to live a debt-free life can bring you a new meaning to living the good life. 6:30 p.m., July 14 Speaker Series at St. Luke’s Center for Counseling and Life Enrichment

Free performances every weekend this summer July 10 & 11 - “A Summer Cabaret” July 17 & 18 - Rob Landes Trio July 24 & 25 - “I Do! I Do!”

Summer Celebration at St. Luke’s partner church Gethsemane United Methodist, 6856 Bellaire Blvd. 6:00-9:00 p.m., July 10 • • • •

July 31 & Aug 1 – “Sounds of Motown” August 7 & 8 - Bridges Adult Music Theater Camp August 14 &15 – Paul Eason Band

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From the Editor Summer is a great time for change. It’s not only the start of a new season but a time for relaxation and recreation. And what better place to do this than in Houston! In this issue, you may notice that Intown has made a few changes too. The magazine is now excitedly under the ownership of SNS Media and Publisher Mike Haines. Haines is the former publisher of the Greater Houston Visitors Guide, Texas Fisherman, Texas Fish & Game, California Angler and most recently Texas Golfer Magazine. Haines also helped develop Stadia Net Sports which put the first Jumbotrons at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. “I have spent a lot of years on airplanes selling and promoting publications.  It will be nice to cover the area I live in,” said Haines. Whether you are just visiting our metropolis or are a home-based Houstonian, in each and every issue of Intown you’ll find there is something for everyone. From politics and business to entertainment and the arts, our pages are a guide to what’s current and happening in our city. Pick one of our new publications up in The Heights, River Oaks, West University, Bellaire, Montrose, The Galleria, The Museum District, Tanglewood and Downtown. You can also check us out online at for updates on what’s happening around town. In this month’s issue you will find a variety of articles on topics relevant to the season. Indulge in some summer reading in an article about the top 25 most famous Houstonians. Take a peek at what’s to come in Houston politics in a piece profiling the mayoral candidates. Looking for ways to fill those lazy summer days? Find out where the hot spots are in your neighborhood for nibbles, cocktails and retail therapy in a feature titled Eat, Sip and Shop. If the heated Houston climate has got you hungry, learn about three new restaurants perfect for seasonal dining in our Summer Eats column. No need to break the bank on finding summer fun. Check out Ten Value Activities for the summer for economical ways to entertain yourself right here in our city. For more ideas on how to keep your finances in check, read what the pros say about bonds and what are the keys to financial independence. Enjoy your summer! Tess Regan Editor



intown Publisher M. A. Haines Editor Tess Regan Marketing & Advertising Director Irene Yang Web Design Jay Ford Layout & Design K&J Design Contributing Writers Roseann Rogers Brent Whittman Marene Gustin Patrick Lesley Brenda Jackson Buddy Bailey Meredith Wierick

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5 First Look: Q&A with Houston’s 2009 Mayoral Candidates

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Houston’s Next Mayor! With Term Limits Another Popular Mayor Must Step Down Peter Brown Democrat

73 years old, U.S. Army veteran Grew up in Houston B.A. in Architecture from U of H M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley Masters in Architecture & City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Fellow of the American Institute of Architects Council Member, At-Large Position 1 since 2006

Annise Parker Democrat

53 years old Born in Houston Graduated from Rice University Worked in the oil industry for over 20 years Council Member At-Large 1997 – 2003 City Controller 2003 – present

Roy Morales Republican

B.A. in Psychology from UT Dallas B.S. in Computer Science from Chapman University M.S. in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology 23 years in the U.S. Military Harris County School Trustee since 2006

T.J. Huntley Gene Locke Democrat

62 years old Born in Conroe, TX B.A. in Political Science from the U of H Graduated from South Texas College of Law Chief of Staff to Congressman Mickey Leland City Attorney for Mayor Bob Lanier Partner at Andrews Kurth LLP




37 years old Owner of Huntley Real Estate since 1995 in Lebanon, MO Director of The Venue at Grace Community Church

Intown Q&A With Houston’s 2009 Mayoral Candidates Annise Parker Annise Parker was born and raised in Houston, attended Rice University, and worked 20 years in the oil and gas industry before moving on to public office. She then served six years as an at-large member of the Houston City Council, where she garnered overwhelmingly positive voter approval along with awards and accolades. In 2003, Annise was elected City Controller, a position whose importance and weight is trumped only by the mayor. She was re-elected to this post in both 2005 and 2007. . Do you have any plans for an expansive, reliable mass transit system and, if so, how do you propose to initiate your plan? . Houston must have multiple transportation options. We need a fully integrated mass transit system that includes appropriate bus routes, Park & Ride buses, expansion of METRO rail, commuter rail, the addition of more bike lanes and better roads. I am in full support of expanding METRO rail; however this cannot be done at the expense of our current bus system. Also, METRO must be transparent with all costs. What good is mass transportation if you can get across town, but not across your neighborhood? . What do you propose to keep Houston’s economy from sinking any lower and leading to increased unemployment? . I believe our starting point should be making sure that jobs funded by our tax dollars go first to Houston families. That’s why I will implement, as Mayor, a Hire Houston First policy to encourage the hiring of local residents for taxpayerfunded projects and give a preference to local firms seeking city contracts. In today’s economic crisis, maintaining and upgrading our aging infrastructure is more than just a problem to solve — it’s an opportunity to create good, local jobs that will power our local economy while responding to pressing needs. For example, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that $1 of infrastructure spending can





boost the economy by up to $2.50. That’s why I have proposed reforms to stabilize funding for and modernize our infrastructure. I will also use my 20 years in the oil and gas industry to ensure the longterm economic stability of Houston by bringing research universities and our oil and gas companies together with the city to ensure that Houston becomes the world headquarters for alternative energy. . Which of Mayor White’s policy decisions did you agree and disagree with and what would you have handled differently and how? . Mayor White and I have worked closely together to move Houston forward based on sound economic policy, not divisive politics. Like any new mayor, I anticipate making some changes in the leadership team. And faced with a different set of circumstances than Mayor White was – the economic downturn – my priorities will be driven by the need to lead Houston through these tough times to a strong economic recovery. . What, in your mind, are the three most important issues facing Houstonians in the upcoming election and how do you propose to handle them? . Economy, economy, economy! Seriously, the economy is on the top of most Houstonians minds, as it should be. Public safety and infrastructure – especially flooding – are also pressing. I have shared detailed plans at for creating jobs and modernizing our infrastructure. Even in this tough economy, we can’t afford to give up the progress we’ve made on crime and safety. Although statistics show a drop in the crime rate, they have little relevance to the victims of crime or their families. We need more officers, and they should be the best paid, trained and equipped in the State. To do that we must continue to look for ways to get more out of our public safety tax dollars with enhanced technology and better coordination among police agencies. We also need to be proactive in community education and conflict resolution programs and





ultimately better management – starting at the top. I plan to launch my detailed public safety plan within the next month.

Gene Locke

Gene Locke has been a familiar name around the Houston political scene for some time now. A definitive though not native Houstonian, Locke attended both the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. He served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mickey Leland and as City Attorney for Mayor Bob Lanier. . Do you have any plans for an expansive, reliable mass transit system and, if so, how do you propose to initiate your plan? . We need to have a transportation plan that is regional in scale that will provide an implementation blueprint for sustainable, responsible transportation development for years to come. We need to improve coordination between the various government bodies and stakeholders in the region. Our transit system must provide a diversity of options. Light rail is important and the next mayor needs to build out the rail lines that the voters approved as quickly as possible. We also need a more effective and efficient bus system. There are many people in this city who are transit dependant and rely on the public transportation to move around the city, we need to ensure our public transit system serves this population. . What do you propose to keep Houston’s economy from sinking any lower and leading to increased unemployment? . There are a number of things that a mayor can do to bring help improve the economy and bring jobs to the area. Our economy must continue to grow and create jobs. Two specific policies that I will undertake are the use of tax abatements to bring businesses to the area and encouraging larger businesses to create partnerships with area small businesses to create more good-paying jobs.





“I believe our starting point should be making sure that jobs funded by our tax dollars go first to Houston families.” Annise Parker

“As mayor I will be extremely aggressive in seeking to bring new businesses to the city.” Gene Locke As mayor I will be extremely aggressive in seeking to bring new businesses to the city. The use of tax abatements to draw businesses to our area is something that I will strongly consider using here in Houston. In today’s competitive environment we need to use every possible tool to bring good paying jobs to the Houston. We need however to ensure that companies fulfill their promises. If the city offers tax incentives for a company to relocate to Houston and the company fails to create jobs as promised, the City must work aggressively to retrieve those tax dollars. . Which of Mayor White’s policy decisions did you agree or disagree with and what would you have handled differently and how? . Mayor White has done an outstanding job. One place where I will be more aggressive than the current administration is in seeking to bring businesses to Houston, specifically in using tax abatements. We are currently competing with cities all over the world and the mayor needs to take a leading in role in selling our city. I will use every tool that I have available to me by law to draw new jobs to Houston. . What, in your mind, are the three most important issues facing Houstonians in the upcoming election and how do you propose to handle them? . 1) Public Safety - A Mayor’s first job is keeping our citizens safe. I will make sure that our police, firemen and other first responders have the best technology and training. We need to reemphasize community oriented policing, encourage our officers to live in the City of Houston and reduce pathways to criminal activity through drop-out prevention and after-school programs. 2) Economic Development – We need to continue to grow our tax base and that means maintaining the job growth we have seen in the area in recent years. Houston has a lot to work with; we





have a diverse workforce and incredible economic engines in the Port of Houston and the Texas Medical Center. 3) Quality of Life – Houston has a special quality of life. We need to increase access to public transportation (this means an improved bus system as well as light rail) protect neighborhoods from development that changes their character while bringing new businesses and development to others.

Peter Brown Candidate Peter Brown has held office as at-large Councilman for the City of Houston since 2006. He was appointed by current Mayor Bill White to chair the Council Committee on Sustainable Growth, a body that seeks to promote environmental health, energy efficiency and conservation. Peter Brown also maintains a career as an architect and urban planner. He is also a U.S. Army veteran, adjunct professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, and board member of a number of local non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Inprint, Trees for Houston, The Main Street Coalition, Blueprint Houston, The Gulf Coast Institution, The Houston Grand Opera and others. . Do you have any plans for an expansive, reliable mass transit system and, if so, how do you propose to initiate your plan? . A well designed mass transit system would be invaluable to Houston. It would help decrease traffic congestion, lower transportation cost, reduce smog, expand the economy and improve our quality of life. To be economically competitive, we need a transit system that will be attractive to all Houstonians, comprised of Light and Commuter Rail, with an improved, integrated bus system. Additionally, I believe that an effort to expand public transit needs to start by engaging the public to not only build support, but a shared vision to ensure its long-term success. I consider the Main Street Coalition, of which I was the co-founder, is a model for an effective



community transit coalition, and I’ll use my experience both in working on rail transit projects and at bringing folks in the community together to help move these projects forward. . What do you propose to keep Houston’s economy from sinking any lower and leading to increased unemployment? . Houston continues to be one of the most vibrant, dynamic economies in the world, but we’re facing a global recession and we need to make sure we work to create new, well paying jobs, while also protecting the ones that are already here. Instead of hoping for businesses to move to Houston, we must be proactive in luring domestic and international business to our City. As Mayor, I would establish an Office of Job Creation and Economic Development, to help bring new jobs and new businesses to Houston, assist local companies, and promote our City around the world. In order to continue to be competitive in the long run, we need a business plan. That’s why when I’m Mayor, I will work with the business community to develop a long-term blueprint for economic growth and success. . Which of Mayor White’s policy decisions did you agree and disagree with and what would you have handled differently and how? . Mayor White has laid a great foundation and as Mayor I will continue moving Houston in the right direction. I think it’s important to expand upon our progress by shaping a long term vision that will improve our great City. . What, in your mind, are the three most important issues facing Houstonians in the upcoming election and how do you propose to handle them? . I believe that building a stronger local economy, improving the quality of life, and keeping our city safe are three of the most important issues facing the residents of Houston and they’ll be a priority for me when I’m Mayor. I’ll work to bring new businesses and new jobs to the City, by forming an Office of Job Creation and Economic







“A well designed mass transit system would be invaluable to Houston.” Peter Brown

“The proven way of stimulating an economy is to let the people spend their money when and where they choose - NOT GOVERNMENT.” Roy Morales Development. The stronger our economy is, the more jobs we’ll have and the more tax relief we’ll be able to provide for residents. You cannot have a strong economy without a high quality of life. As Mayor, I would work to improve the quality of life in Houston by reducing traffic congestion, improving the environment, lessen flooding and protect our neighborhoods. Lastly, I’ll make Houston a safer, more livable City with a tougher, smarter approach to fighting crime, with more community-based policing, better communication between law enforcement agencies and the best strategies and technologies for fighting crime.

Roy Morales Roy Morales has the most extensive military background of any candidate this election, with over 23 years with the United States Air Force. This service extended to join operations with NASA where Roy took on the post of Operations Director for the Space Shuttle Operations Division in California. These duties included mission control as well as the training of astronauts. Roy Morales has served not just the nation, but Houston as well. He headed the City of Houston Emergency Center while maintaining another position as Chief Technology Officer. Roy achieved more local success when he led the Houston Metropolitan Area radio project, a new step that now allows government agencies to communicate with each other. . Do you have any plans for an expansive, reliable mass transit system and, if so, how do you propose to initiate your plan? . First, I believe that the Metro Board should be an elected board by the people. An elected board would be a great step towards transparency. Until that happens I will appoint board members that will provide



more transparency and develop a comprehensive plan that will provide a diverse modal transportation system. It should consist of downtown trolleys, buses, a monorail system and commuter rail to the outlying parts of the county. I prefer the monorail system over the current light rail because it’s cheaper, less obstructive during development because it is above ground and if the monorail breaks down it will not interfere with the surface traffic. . What do you propose to keep Houston’s economy from sinking any lower and leading to increased unemployment? . I will stimulate the region with jobs, jobs and more jobs. The first phase of my economic plan is to attract new businesses from around the world to Houston and keep our current Houston businesses in BUSINESS. What we have to do is make Houston a tax and business friendly city once again. My plan includes property tax relief to families and businesses and to stop interfering with business. This is not time for gimmicks like cold call telemarketing or business regulation. The proven way of stimulating an economy is to let the people spend their money when and where they choose - NOT GOVERNMENT. I will also entertain TIRZ to attract businesses to invest in blighted areas. We need to revitalize areas like downtown and the East End which in turn will provide jobs and future tax revenue. . Which of Mayor White’s policy decisions did you agree or disagree with and what would you have handled differently and how? . I disagree with the excessive spending by our city. Over the last five years, the city’s general fund budget has grown by $1 billion. Have we received an extra $1 billion of City services? I think not. Over the last 5 years, revenues have increased by 37% (your tax dollars) while expenditures have increased by 49%. . What, in your mind, are the






three most important issues facing Houstonians in the upcoming election and how do you propose to handle them? . Issue 1. I will overcome this economic storm and propel Houston into economic prosperity. This is the responsibility of the Mayor. I will take on these challenges and turn them into opportunities. My economic strategy is described in question 2. At the same time, the looming city financial crisis must be solved. Over the last 5 years there has been an operating deficit of $1.5 billion in the general fund. In other words, our city officials have spent more money than they have received through your taxes! There is more bad news. The city wide budget which includes the long term debit obligations is at an unrestricted asset of a negative $1.3 billion. On most balance sheets of corporations that means they are bankrupt. Issue 2. I will strengthen public safety, emergency services and homeland security. Issue 3. I will ensure that the city improves the day-to-day services like trash pick-up, clean drinkable water to homes and businesses, repairing streets, and granting building permits in a timely manner.


T.J. Huntley

T.J. Huntley is this race’s youngest candidate. He began his first enterprise, a construction business, at the age of 21. Huntley is active in his community, serving in outreaches, missions and as director of The Venue, the city’s largest young adult church service. This group, located at Grace Community Church helped get storm victims back on their feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. T.J. Huntley is also a staunch conservative, adamantly pro-life, anti-gay marriage and pro-gun rights. . Do you have any plans for an expansive, reliable mass transit system and, if so, how do you propose to initiate your plan? . The plans for the expanding the



“The plans for the expanding the mass transit system will be to build the rail to the outermost parts of Houston into the metro areas.” T.J. Huntley

mass transit system will be to build the rail to the outermost parts of Houston into the metro areas. We will also sync the Metro buses with the MetroRail to provide timely pick ups so the citizens of Houston will not have to spend time waiting and can make it to home and work on a more timely basis. . What do you propose to keep Houston’s economy from sinking any lower and leading to increased unemployment? . We are going to advertise



Houston to the nation and to the world and bring businesses in and jobs here so the citizens of Houston can be employed. We are going to offer businesses a tax break and an incentive to get them here and along with having the advantages we have over other cities, they will come. We have the Port of Houston, some of the best universities, we are the Energy Capital of the World, we are a very diverse city and we have a low cost of living that beats all the other cities. Houston is one of the nations best kept

secrets. After we advertise what the city has to offer along with the tax break and incentives we are going to offer, the businesses and jobs will move here. . Which of Mayor White’s policy decisions did you agree or disagree with and what would you have handled differently and how? . I really like how Bill White is adding more green to the city. We have a major global warming issue in the world today. We need to make Houston an example city to live by. I would add more wind turbines, hybrid vehicles for the city employees and encourage more recycling. In addition, I am talking with an ethanol company about bringing in more E85 stations and offering their product at a reduced cost to make it cost efficient to the citizens of Houston. . What, in your mind, are the three most important issues facing Houstonians in the upcoming election and how do you propose to handle them? . Jobs. Mass marketing Houston as I have said before will bring jobs into Houston. Houston is a great place but if no one knows how great it is, no one will move here. We will advertise through television, radio, emails, Internet sites, whatever it takes we will get the word out and get those businesses here. Crime. We are going to hire more officers to patrol the streets and also set up cameras in high crime rate neighborhoods. We are going to have all the cameras networked into one data base. That database will have a facial recognition software installed so we can not only be watching what is going on 24/7 but also constantly be scanning for criminals that have warrants out for their arrest. A study has shown that cameras alone can reduce crime by 90%. Installing these cameras is a must. We can also use this system to find kidnapped and missing victims. Public Transportation. Out of all the major U.S. cities Houston’s public transportation system is the one that needs the most improvements. Building more rail and syncing the bus schedules with the MetroRail is a definite to ensure Houston will be a mobile city.








BUZZ Roseann Rogers

Couture for the Cure

The kick-off party to the American Cancer Society “Couture for the Cure” Fashion Show at Dr.’s Shelena and Ayeez Lalji home.

Tony and Donna Vallone, Karen & Buster Freeman

Mission of Yahweh

Bob Roberts, Warner and Cliff Roberts

More than 250 people attended the FIRSTEVER fundraiser, “Mission Incredible” event benefiting the late Sister Helen Gay’s Mission of Yahweh, a shelter for homeless women and children.

CanCare Survivor’s Day

CanCare, Inc held its 15th Annual 15th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon May 28 at The Westin Galleria Hotel where hundreds of cancer survivors gathered to celebrate life after a cancer its diagnosis.

From (L to R) are: Marvin & Debbie Marcel, KK & Scott West, Drs. Ayeez & Shelena Lalji, Meredith Phillips, and Fashion Show Models Pictured from (L to R) are: Donna Lewis, Luncheon Honoree, Nancy Tucker, Lynn Redgrave, Rose Carrabba, and T. Jay Collins.

Cardiac Cup

Reef hosted the kick-off party before the first annual Cardiac Cup benefiting Texas Children’s Heart Center at the Houston Polo Club. Houston Texas Chris and Amy Brown, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aashish Shah



Eat, Sip and Shop By Marene Gustin

Downtown Keeping it cool this summer is easy if you’re hanging at the atrium LobbiBar in the downtown Hyatt Regency (1200 Louisiana St., 713.654.1234). Besides people watching, you can enjoy the recession-priced Sip and Dip special. Just $20 gets you one “bite,” three dips and a refreshing glass of wine. Choose from BBQ chicken wings, Grilled Jumbo Garlic Shrimp, Lemongrass Beef Satay, Masa Fried Calamari, Sweet Potato Fries or Tempura Vegetables. We liked the grilled shrimp with the spicy peanut sauce with a glass of Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay. Speaking of sipping, check out The Grove’s (1611 Lamar St # 101, 713.337.7314) new summer libations. Rawad Semaan — Schiller-Del Grande’s award-winning spirits prodigy — has added to his repertoire of irresistible drinks with the introduction of the Cucumber Rose and the Pineapple Orchid. Gravitas (807 Taft St., 713.522.0995) wine director Evan Turner not only picks the wines at Gravitas’ Sidebar but also spins the tunes every Friday night in a program called Krush with Mr. Wino. He calls his eclectic mix of choices, hits from the 60’s through today, as the “soundtrack of your life.” Turner selects three wines 12


sold at $5 per glass or $20 per bottle. “It’s the least expensive high quality wine you can get inside the loop on a Friday night,” Evan says.

Chicken fried lobster? You bethca. House of Blues Foundation Room has introduced an all-new menu from chef Brett Sparman. They have completely disregarded the corporate menu in favor of one created specifically for the Houston market, the first time in the brand’s history to “go local.”

The Heights

We love it when we can combine all our fave things — eating, drinking and shopping —and that’s just what White Linen Night in the Heights offers. This annual event ( is Saturday, Aug. 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00

p.m. is like a giant street fair. There’s a market and all your favorite funky and cool shops and galleries will be open late so you can shop, shop, shop. Get around on a shuttle or pedicab and stop off at the complimentary cooling stations for a bev. Last year 20,000 folks flocked to the Heights for this event. Come early, stay late and wear your best, cool whites. After all that, stop in at Molina’s Cantina (4720 Washington Ave., 713. 862.0013) for a rita under the palapa and chow down on some of that great José’s Dip. While you’re there, congratulate the Molinas on Raul Molina, Jr. The second of three generations to own and operate Molina’s Cantina, he was just inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association’s Hall of Honor in June. The Hall of Honor is the highest recognition members of the TRA can achieve. Molina, Jr. took over Molina’s Cantinas — Houston’s oldest Tex-Mex restaurant, family owned and operated since 1941 — from his daddy in 1977, although he started working in the family business at the age of 12. Still going strong, the restaurants are now run by his three sons, Ricardo, Raul and Roberto. And save room for desert! The Height’s hippest eatery, Scott Tycer’s Textile, (611 W. 22nd St., 832.209.7177) is dishing up a new dessert menu. Pastry chef extraordinaire Plinio Sandalio has fiveand seven-course dessert choices for those with a major sweet tooth and there’s the coconut pound cake with avocado ice cream, horchata and cilantro. There’s also something called a “corndog,” which we can only imagine is a typical Textile contemporary rift on the Texas classic.

The Galleria

The big restaurant news in Houston is the closing of Cafe Annie, the longtime fancy eatery for the bold-name set. But wait, it hasn’t really closed, thank goodness! It’s just moved down the street into swankier digs with a new name. RDG + Bar Annie (, the new incarnation of the Schiller/Del Grande Restaurant Group’s flagship Cafe Annie should be open by the time you read this. There is no chef in Houston more high profile than Robert Del Grande, nor was there a more hotly anticipated opening than for this new signature concept. Larger than Cafe Annie, RDG + Bar Annie is the

anchor tenant in the first phase of the new BLVD Place development located just south the Annie’s former location. st around the corner, you’ll find the Galleria, the mother ship of shops. Check out Intimacy (5085 Westheimer Rd., 832.397.6960) for the best-fitting bras in town. After a long day of hitting the stores we suggest hitting Gigi’s Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar (5085 Westheimer Rd., 713.629.8889) for a little Dim Sum, Drink Sum from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for select wines by the glass for just $6 and all-you-can eat dim sum for $12. Be sure and sample the shu-mai, bite-sized dumplings of steamed crabmeat, shrimp and water chestnuts. Just down the road, you’ll find RA Sushi (3908 Westheimer Rd., 713.621.5800) in Highland Village. It’s a great place to gaze out over Westheimer from the glass wall and watch all the pretty people who flock here. For the summer they’ve got a brand new summer drink: the Star Spangled Mojito. We suggest pairing it with the Spicy Octopus and Cucumber Salad. FYI: for those who actually venture outside the Loop, RA has a new location at the new CityCentre.

Upper Kirby/ River Oaks

Longtime restaurant manager Alberto Alfonzo has finally opened his very own eatery, Tintos Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar, in the old Backdoor Sushi spot in River Oaks. Just in time for summer, we have a new fab Spanish tapas restaurant with a gorgeous patio replete with multiple gurgling fountains. So grab a table, order several small plates and a bottle of Kung Fu Girl Riesling and enjoy! One of our longtime faves in River Oaks is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (2405 West Alabama St., 713.520.5959) and they’ve got a brand new Summer Price Fix Menu that includes three courses for a mere $35.95. That’s a frugal feast that includes the delicious Peppercorn Crusted Filet Mignon with truffle-infused pan juices finished with cream, served with yukon gold potato croquettes. May we suggest a pairing of the Pascual Toso, Malbec Mendoza Argentina, 2007? Say hi to partner/owner Maeve when you drop in and tell her we sent you.


The Museum District

Who doesn’t love hanging out in the Museum District during the summer months? All that shade at Hermann Park and so many air-conditioned museums to lounge around in and soak up the culture. If you haven’t been to the Houston Museum of Natural Science (One Hermann Circle Dr., 713.639.4629) lately, you really should get over there and see the Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit before it leaves in October. These amazing lifesize clay figures stood guard over China’s first Emperor for 2,000 years before being uncovered. We know you’ll be so impressed you’ll want your own warrior, which is why the museum store is selling

10-inch replicas for just $19.95. Take a few home to guard your own domain. And brand new to the area is Bodegas Taco Shop (1200 Binz St., 713.528.6102), a build-your-own taco and burrito spot with a tequila bar. This breezy and casual eatery by Ryan and Josephine Granger has a huge selection of stuff to stuff your taco with and plenty of taco toppings including several housemade salsas. Grab some eats and a fresh fruit rita and snag a table on the patio under the live oaks for your own fiesta. Come nighttime, all the action is on the patio at Hotel ZaZa (5701 Main St., 713.526.1991). The posh, over-the-top hotel has become the place to see and be seen in the district. And who knows which celebrities you might clink cocktail glasses with while enjoying the fabulous view from the patio?

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The Value Venues

Intown has come up with our own value menu of venues on the cheap. By Tess Regan


Houston Zoo


Houston Astros


This Summer the Houston Astros are offering “Price Matters Days,” a promotion wherein you can get a View Deck II ticket, a hot dog, a soda and a bag of chips for just $10. And if that wasn’t enough, kids 14 and under get in free to games all Summer. Visit: for more details

you get. $59 ($39 for children) buys you a dinner buffet to pick your plate from and a two hour cruise around either Clear Lake or Galveston Bay. Star Fleet has individual packages that range from dinner and dancing to sunset dinner cruises to fireworks on Friday night, and the Sunday brunch includes bottomless mimosas, either one a deal at less than 60 bucks. 280 Grove Road, Kemah, TX 77565 281.334.4692

Umbrella Man at Bayou City Farmers Market the Continental Club

FREE Star Fleet Cruises

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This Kemah cruise line offers dinner or Sunday brunch aboard a yacht for an extremely modest price, considering what

Whether you have kids or not, a walk through the Houston Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon, and at just $10 an adult ticket, it’s a cheap way as well. You can browse the exhibits with younger companions, checking out lions, tigers and bears—or the more curious varieties, like the Forest Giraffe, or just chill out with friends by the Flamingo pond. Either way, it’s a relaxing and different way to spend the day without spending a lot of dough. 1513 N. Macgregor Dr., Houston, TX 77030 713.533.6500

This Richmond area staple is beloved by Houstonians with a taste for fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy products, as well as those who simply love to cook. Every Saturday morning from 8 to 12pm, local growers, farmers and other vendors come out to showcase their goods, rain or shine. This market is absolutely free, and always a fun and refreshing way to spend a Saturday morning. Located in the parking lot behind 3000 Richmond. 713.880.5540 www.urbanharvest,org


If you’re in the mood for a great show in a lounge atmosphere, try checking out local swamp/blues favorite Umbrella Man free at the Continental every Tuesday Night. The drinks are cheap and the band is incredible. Singer Kam Franklin’s pipes will blow you away and the rest of the band is just as tight. If you don’t have to work too early Wednesday morning, this is a must. 3700 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 713.529.9899

Little Joe Washington at Boondocks


Local guitar legend Little Joe Washington plays a free show every Tuesday night at Montrose area bar and venue Boondocks. 2522 Fairway Park Drive 1417 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77092 Houston, TX 77006 713.686.9494 713.522.8500

Yoga in the Park Discovery Green


Get out and get fit this Summer with Yoga in the Park at Discovery Green. Instructor Jerry Randall of TUTS Humphreys School for Theatrical Arts teaches a free class every week this Summer. A fee-free class is tantalizing enough, but taking in the sights of Houston’s Downtown district makes it all the more interesting than going to your nearest gym. Discovery Green 1500 McKinney St. Houston, TX 77010 713.400.7336

Cocktails in Market Square Downtown


Relax on the patio at La Carafe (813 Congress St.) with a beer or a glass of wine and take in the downtown view as it can only be seen in Market Square. The building is one of the oldest in Houston and their jukebox is one of the best in the city. If you’re looking for a cool and original way to spend an afternoon and evening without spending much money, this is it.

St. Arnold’s Brewery Tour


Local brewery St. Arnold’s hosts a tour of their facility every Saturday at 1pm. For just five bucks you get a glass to keep, a 35 minute guided tour throughout the brewery, and free tasting of their plethora of beers until 3pm. It’s a nice change of pace if you are already used to spending the afternoon having a few beers with friends, and a practical way to get turned on to new brews at the same time. .

House of Blues Famous Gospel Brunch


It’s not the cheapest brunch in town, but what you get for your money makes this New Orleans style favorite more than a deal. $38 for adults and $18 for children gets you an extravagant breakfast buffet and gospel performance with bottomless mimosas to boot. 1204 Caroline St. Houston, TX 77002 888.402.5837 intown


Hot Food in the Summertime Three new Hot Spots From Three Famous Restauranteurs Nothing gets an appetite worked up like a little fun in the sun. Just for you, we’ve found three of Houston’s up and coming restaurants that offer a perfect place to satisfy your summer hunger. With yummy treats, delicious eats, refreshing drinks and intriguing ambiance, theses dinging establishment are a great spot for summer night dinners and lazy day lunches. Enjoy!

Little Bigs

Restaurateurs Bill Floyd and Bryan Caswell, owners of midtown’s Reef, have struck dining gold again in a big way with a little concept. Little Bigs, a burger shack and wine bar set off Montrose Boulevard, has quickly become Houston’s go-to spot for tasty sliders, frozen drinks and prime location for a late-night snack. Reef, named the #1 seafood restaurants by Bon Appétit magazine, is the birthplace of Little Big’s famous slider. Although the Reef menu is swimming with many delicious fish options, a frequent customer came in and asked for a hamburger. Not wanting to disappoint the star patron, Chef Bryan Caswell quickly whipped together a beef patty. With no hamburger bun in sight, Caswell grabbed a roll and the concept was born. They began to serve the tiny burgers in the bar and were soon easily selling close to 300 a day. The two knew Houston was in demand for this appetizing petite patty. The restaurant gurus’ next step was to snatch up a prime location: Ming’s restaurant off Montrose. “Ming’s closed on a Sunday. On that Monday we leased the building,” says co-owner Bill Floyd. “We thought it was the best location in the whole city.” 16


The restaurant has seating available inside but the patio is what makes it a summer hit. It is open until 3 a.m. on weekends and always proves to be entertaining. “The people watching at Bigs is amazing. If you go to Bigs at one o’clock in the morning, you’re going to have a good time,” says Bill. If you want to beat the Houston heat, Little Bigs has a few ways to cool you off. The patio is equipped with a water cool chiller that blows frosty air. For a cool-down treat, try one of Little Bigs hand-spun milkshakes like the Frozen Joe, a creamy frozen concoction with chocolate praline-flavored Katz Coffee. Another favorite on the menu are the “adults only” milkshakes. The Dude, cleverly named after The Big Lebowski’s drink o f choice, is a White Russian milkshake and The Big Pink is a Sangria slushy. “It’s fantastic on a hot day,” says Bill. You can also choose from one of the 30 wines and beers available. A second location in Hermann Park will be opening soon. Little Bigs, 2703 Montrose Boulevard, 713.521.BIGS,

Ruggles Green

The Ruggles name has long since been a Houston staple. Chef Bruce Molvan, a common name on the culinary scene, has been serving up our city’s foodies with scrumptious dishes for over 20 years. He and partner Frederico Marques have put a new environmentally-friendly twist on an old favorite. The concept for Ruggles Green is an earth-conscious eatery serving a menu of

By Meredith Wierick

all-natural, hormone-free, preservative-free products with a delicious taste. Ruggles Green is the only green certified restaurant in Houston by the Green Restaurant Association. The restaurant is outfitted in an eco-chic décor from the bamboo floor to the energy-sufficient light bulbs. This newly-opened restaurant recycles 60-70 percent of all of its waste. All of the restaurant’s glass, paper, cardboard, plastic and metal are recycled. The fry oil is even converted into biofuel. Look as hard as you can, but you won’t find any Styrofoam at this eco-savvy joint. Ruggles Green employees wear hemp t-shirts , bamboo hats and are educated on green principles and practices. Sure the restaurant is pleasing to Mother Earth but how is the food? One bite at Ruggles Green and you’ll know that Chef Molvan has once again created cooking magic . The menu boasts a diverse assortment of entrees sure to satisfy any hungry palette. From salads and sandwiches to pastas and pizzas, there’s something for everyone on this menu. “If you want vegan we have vegan, if you want gluten free we have gluten free. If you want a burger, we have a burger, “says co-creator Frederico Marques, also known as “the green guy” to patrons and staff. For an appetizer, try the Hempenadas. These high-protein empanadas are served in threes made with hemp flour, wheat flour, golden raisins, nutty hemp seed and ground natural beef served with roasted garlic cilantro sauce. For an entrée, we suggest one of the 10 different wood-fired pizzas made in front of you on the beautiful recycled marble and granite oven. The spicy fish tacos served with green cabbage, micro greens, pico de gallo and spicy mango chipotle sauce are a proven hit. Daily specials are offered but order them quickly. These specials are made from locally-grown ingredients and stay on the menu based on availability. You can’t leave Ruggles Green without trying one of the restaurant’s many satisfying desserts. A much loved treat on the

after-meal menu is Uncle Fred’s Hi-Protein Hemp Brownie, the restaurants famous chocolate hemp seed brownie served warm with chocolate trellis and chocolate sauce. Accompany this with one of the restaurant’s wide variety of organic and biodynamic wines or gluten free beers. Ruggles Green, 2311 West Alabama, www., 713.533.0777

The Lake House

The Lake House, a casual counter service restaurant, sits on the south side of Kinder Lake in the heart of Discovery Green Park. The Americana atmosphere compliments the menu of this summer’s favorite eats. With a menu of hamburgers, hotdogs, shakes and fries, this restaurant provides the perfect seasonal spread for the hungriest of Houstonians. The restaurant is the latest concept from the Schiller-Del Grande Restaurant Group who also brought to Houston such delectable dining as Café Annie, Taco Milagro, Rio Ranch and The Grove. When asked what makes The Lake House a different dining experience than other Houston eateries, Assistant Manager Kenneth Vuff replied, “Where we are located.

We are a block away from where the Astros play. We are two blocks from where the Rockets play. We are right next to the park. There are not a lot of places in Houston where you can eat waterside.” Dine inside the all glass building and take in the sights of the 12-acre park or sit on the deck for a view of the lake. Meals can be taken to go for a summer picnic in the park. Your tank tops and flip flops are welcome at this family-friendly restaurant and your furry four-legged friends can also dine with you on the deck. Enjoy the restaurants signature sandwich, The Lake House Burger, a five-ounce patty with yellow cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato and pickles. If it’s a hotdog your craving, we recommend The Boat House Dog, a Kobe Beef hotdog with Chow Chow relish. Another hotdog recommendation: The Pit Bull, also a Kobe beef dog but this one is smothered in handmade chili, onions and cheese. Accompany these with a glass of basil lemonade or a made-from-scratch vanilla bean shake. Domestic and imported beers are available as well as a selection of wines. If you are looking to fit into that teeny bikini this summer, try The Lake Houses’ lighter fare like the Waterside Chicken

The Lake House Sandwich topped with Cider Slaw or the Sundeck Salad with grilled chicken. A kids menu provides tots with a smaller, simpler version of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The Lake House, 1600 McKinney, www., 713.337.7320



Personal Business

Declare Your Financial Independence Day

A s a nation, we celebrate Independence Day this week with fireworks, picnics

and parades. And as citizens, it’s good to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. But as individuals, we define freedom in many different ways — and one of the most important of these could be financial freedom. That’s why you may want to take the steps necessary to eventually declare your own Financial Independence Day. For example, consider the following: • Pay yourself first. In difficult economic times, it can be hard to set aside money for your future. But if you can afford it, try “paying yourself first” by having some money moved automatically each month from your checking or savings account to an investment. If you never actually “see” the money, you probably won’t miss it, and over time, you may be pleased by the growth in your investment. As your salary goes up, consider increasing the amount you automatically invest. • Invest for growth. Given the most recent recession, it’s understandable that many people would shy away from investments whose principal may fluctuate. It’s understandable but not necessarily wise



— because historically these investments can possibly offer more potential for growth when a recession ends. And you’ll likely need this growth if you’re going to become financially independent. Although past performance is not an indication of future results, by holding these investments for the long term, you may be able to lower the risk involved, because over time, quality investments tend to overcome “down” periods and trend upward. You can also help control risk by including some fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds and certificates of deposit, in your portfolio. • Reduce your debts. Debt may be your biggest obstacle to financial independence. It may take a fair amount of time to get rid of your debts, but consider your current situation and the options available to you, which might include evaluating your largest debts, paying down high-rate credit cards and avoiding new loans whenever possible. For example, mortgage rates are low compared to historical measures, so you might consider refinancing your existing mortgage to lower your monthly payment. This would give you additional cash flow that you could use to pay off credit card debt.

By Buddy Bailey

• Help protect your income. If you were to become ill or injured, and could not work for an extended time period, you might jeopardize your family’s well-being and your prospects for financial independence. That’s why you may want to consider purchasing a disability insurance policy. If you work for a large company, your employer may offer this coverage, but it might not be sufficient, so you may need to add some private coverage. And if you work for a small company or are self-employed, you’ll need to find disability coverage on your own. True, it’s an added expense — but it’s also an investment in your financial future. Financial freedom, like other types of liberty, does not always come easily. To achieve it, you’ll likely have to work hard. But it will be well worth the effort when your own Financial Independence Day does arrive.

This article was written by Edward Jones For more information conact Buddy Bailey at

Fixed Income’s Role in Saving for Retirement

Individual Investing

By: Brenda Jackson and Patrick Lesley

very investor’s financial situation and E investment goals are unique and evolve

over time. As investors approach retirement, funding living expenses becomes an increasingly significant consideration. For many investors, maintaining a steady income stream is a focus for their retirement years. Customizing your portfolio to include fixed income securities may help achieve this goal. How are your Assets Allocated? Asset allocation is an important step in saving and planning for retirement. Asset allocation describes the distribution of an investor’s financial assets across different investment categories, or asset classes. The major financial asset classes are stocks (equity), bonds (fixed income) and cash. Your risk tolerance, financial goals, and time horizon are key inputs to determine what portion of your assets you allocate to fixed income securities. Many investors seeking to generate a steady income stream invest a proportion of their portfolio in bonds. What is a Bond? Bonds are debt obligations issued by governments, municipalities, agencies and corporations. The issuer promises to repay principal in full at the bond’s maturity, and to pay periodic interest income at a specified interest rate over the life of the bond . Typically, bond investors can anticipate regular cash flows from interest and principal payments. The variety of bond issuers and maturities available provides flexibility for investors to build a bond portfolio to match their investment needs. Bonds are often used as an important component of a balanced portfolio. Through the diverse fixed income market, you can choose individual securities based on your specific investment goals and level of risk

tolerance. Issuers such as the U.S. government, municipalities and corporate entities allow diversification across industrial and geographic sectors and credit quality, while different maturity structures—from 1 year to 30 years—provide the ability to match securities to your financial time frame. Subject to the issuer’s credit risk, investors can expect to receive a steady stream of interest income, usually on a semi-annual basis, until the bond matures. Including fixed income securities in your portfolio as well as other asset classes such as equities can potentially provide greater diversification than concentration of assets within one asset class, potentially allowing you to reduce the risk in your portfolio without significantly sacrificing return. However, diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in declining markets. Structuring your Bond Portfolio If you are saving for retirement you may want to consider implementing a laddered portfolio strategy. A laddered strategy involves diversifying your holdings across short-, intermediate-, and long-term fixed income securities. This strategy takes advantage of the higher liquidity of shorter-term securities while also attaining the higher returns typically available through longer-term securities. In addition, a laddered portfolio may provide a predictable flow of interest income and a level of price stability during turbulent interest rate cycles. Consider the Risks Involved Before you invest, remember that all fixed income securities are subject to risks that you should consider. In particular, bond prices are susceptible to interest rate fluc-

tuations; generally, if interest rates fall, bond prices rise and, inversely, if interest rates rise, bond prices fall. Another point to remember: If you hold your bonds to maturity, your principal will be returned in full, but, if you sell your bonds prior to maturity the price you receive may be more or less than your original purchase price. You should also consider the credit quality of the bond; if an issuer is unable to meet its financial obligations it may fail to make interest and principal repayments. Investment grade bonds (those rated ‘Aaa/AAA/ AAA’ through ‘Baa/BBB/BBB’ by Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, respectively) may be more suitable investments for conservative investors. Reinvestment risk may impact your portfolio. This is the risk that the cash flows from a given investment will be reinvested at a lower rate of return. This is especially evident during periods of falling interest rates, when coupon and principal payments are often reinvested at a lower yield than the original instrument. Achieving your Investment Goals Your investment goals and needs are unique. Regardless of your individual financial goals, the wide variety of choices in the fixed income market allows a tailored strategy to help address your specific requirements. Your Financial Advisor can work with you to help determine the right fixed income investments for your portfolio. For more information contact:

Patrick Lesley,, or Brenda Jackson, The market value of fixed income securities may fluctuate, and if sold prior to maturity, the price you receive may be more or less than the original purchase price or maturity value. Articles are published for general information purposes and are not an offer or solicitation to sell or buy any securities or commodities. Any particular investment should be analyzed based on its terms and risks as they relate to your specific circumstances and objectives. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney does not render advice on tax or tax-accounting matters. Clients should always check with their tax and legal advisor before engaging in any transaction involving IRAs or other tax-advantaged investments. This material was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer under U.S. federal tax laws. Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC. © 2009 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney



Arts, Entertainment & Events


MFAH Museum of Fine Arts 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005 713.639.7300 Exhibitions on View: July 10, 2008 - July 10, 2009 Rembrandt´s Portrait of a Man in a Red Doublet, Audrey Ongoing–July 26, 2009 Pioneers of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Barbara and Dennis DuBois Collection, Caroline Wiess Law Building Ongoing–August 2, 2009 Start with Art, Learn for Life: The MFAH and TAEA Celebrate Youth Art Month, Caroline Wiess Law Building

at 10 a.m. Admission is FREE. Reservations are required and space is limited. Rienzi´s Storytime Tour is a fun and interactive activity featuring stories related to works of art. Tours introduce children to the magic of art and literature in an intimate house museum setting. Tours are geared for children ages 4 to 12. Family Art Workshops Sundays, July 12th, 19th and 26th 1:00 to 4:30pm Admission is $5 for adults, FREE for children 12 and under Children author a short story, illustrate their own book and act out their tale with puppets. Recommended for age 6-12. Orange Show Foundation 2402 Munger St., Houston, TX 77023 (713) 926-6368 A Houston original and eclectic museum. SUMMER HOURS FOR MONUMENT TOURS Between Memorial Day and August 1 Wednesdays - Fridays 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 pm


A.D. Players 2710 W Alabama St., Houston, TX 77098 (713) 526-2721 July 3 - August 30 – Steel Magnolias Showtimes* Wednesdays & Thursdays - 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00pm Sundays - 2:30 pm Alley Theatre 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 (713) 220-5700

Menil 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006 Phone: 713-525-9400 The Menil Collection has been a Houston arts landmark since its’ opening in 1987. With over 1,600 pieces , it houses one of the world’s greatestcollections. Exhibitions on View: Ongoing - August 2, 2009 Contemporary Conversations: John Chamberlain, American Tableau August 21, 2009–February 14, 2010 Body in Fragments Houston Museum of Natural Science One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030 Information/Tickets: (713) 639-4629 Exhibitions and Events: Ongoing - October 18, 2009 Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardian’s of China’s First Emperor. World renowned display of Chinese artifacts from this period. Ongoing - September 7, 2009 The Nature of Diamonds A look at the mystique of diamonds and the fascination that compliments them along with an examination of the substance itself. Ongoing - September 7, 2009 Genghis Khan An exhibition focusing on the famous Mongol conqueror. July 4 Independence Day Rocket Launch, 10am, *FREE Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006-6598 (713) 284-8250 Exhibitions and Events: Ongoing – August 2, 2009 Perspectives 166: Torsten Slama August 15 – November 1, 2009 Perspectives 167: Jason Villegas Houston Center for Photography 1441 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006-4103 (713) 529-4755 Exhibitions and Events: July 10 – August 23 27th Anniversary Membership Exhibition *Opening reception, July 10, 2009 from 6 - 8 p.m. Rienzi 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019 713.639.7800 Storytime Tours Every Wednesday in June and July 2009



Holocaust Museum Houston 5401 Caroline St., Houston, Texas 77004-6804 713-942-8000 Exhibitions Ongoing through July 5, 2009 Dr. Seuss Wants You! Ongoing through July 26, 2009 A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk July 17, 2009 through February 7, 2010 Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust August 28, 2009 through January 3, 2010 “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People”

July 15 – August 16 Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifier of Blood TUE - THU, SUN evenings 7:30 PM FRI and SAT evenings 8:00 PM SAT and SUN matinees 2:30 PM Houston Symphony 615 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002 July 9- Music of Star Trek™ & More Sci-Fi Associate Conductor Robert Franz and the Houston Symphony take the audience from that original television theme to music from this year’s film Star Trek™. Also featured will be music from other sci-fi favorites including 2001: A Space Odyssey and Battlestar Galactica. 7:30pm July 12 Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert Music Director Hans Graf conducts Holst’s “The Planets” in the Dollar Concert’s 50th Anniversary. July 18 Gamer MusiCON 09 with Video Games Live! & Blizzard Live! The world premiere of Gamer MusiCON 09 includes two high-energy concerts featuring Symphony performances of the industry’s greatest video game hits with exclusive game footage and synchronized lighting.

The Children’s Museum of Houston 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004, Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday: 5 - 8 p.m. Free Family Nights are offered every Thursday! Sunday: noon - 6 p.m. The Health Museum 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004 713-521-1515 Summer Hours of Operation Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitions and Events Summer 2009: Facing Mar

Event Highlights: July 24 The Blue Planet Live! In its Houston premiere, Assistant Conductor/American Conducting Fellow Brett Mitchell will lead the Houston Symphony in a live performance of Fenton’s evocative music while a specially edited theatrical presentation of the series’ most dramatic sequences plays on a giant screen above the Jones Hall stage. July 25 The Music of ABBA Miller Outdoor Theatre *FREE 100 Concert Dr., Houston, TX 77030 (713) 284-8351 Goto: Theatre Under the Stars, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 315-2400, Aug. 18 – 23 The Color Purple @ The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Wortham Center 500 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002-2737 (713) 237-1439 Aug. 30 – Theatre District Open House 12 – 4pm Free

The Hobby Center 800 Bagby July 8 – Aug 2 – Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award-winning phenomenon directed by Harold Prince has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history, now returns to Houston. It’s a timeless story of seduction and despair and the one show The London Sunday Times called “God’s gift to the musical theatre.” July 24 – Aug. 2 – The Producers Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his movie of the same name is wildly hysterical and has delighted audiences all around the world. A down-on-his-luck producer and his meek accountant discover that they could conceivably make more money on a show that flops than on a successful production, and so they set out to find and produce the worst possible musical imaginable (and make millions of dollars for themselves along the way). Main Street Theatre 4617 Montose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006-6101 (713) 524-7998 Winnie-the-Pooh , From the stories of A. A. Milne July 11 – 1pm & 4pm July 13-16 – 9.45am & 11.30am July 18 – 1pm & 4pm Ps and Qs: the ABCs of Manners, A World Premiere


Music Toyota Center

July 4 – Beyonce Aug. 8 – Greenday Aug 13 – Ricardo Ariona Aug 14 – Jonas Brothers House of Blues 204 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77002 (888) 402–5837 Hours of Operation Lunch: Daily 11:00 a.m. Dinner: Daily 4:00 p.m. until close July 6 – Candlebox w/ Earshot 10 – Arc Angels 11 – The Robert Cray Band August 2 – De La Soul 7 – Method Man and Redman w/ Ghostface 8 – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra 22 – Sugar Ray w/ Fastball Continental Club-Nightly Live Shows 3700 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 (713) 529-9666 The Mink’s Backroom 3718 Main Street @ Alabama

5.30pm 7 – Crue Fest 2 with Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool & Charm City Devils 5.15pm 19 – Def Leppard with Poison & Cheap Trick 7pm 21 – Incubus 8pm 30 – Depeche Mode with Peter, Bjorn & Jown 7.30pm Sam Houston Raceway Park 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064 (281) 807-8700 July 3 – Vans Warped Tour 11am 11 – The Eli Young Band 18 – Cross Canadian Ragweed August 1 – Counting Crows 8 – Badfish a tribute to Sublime with Scotty Don’t Reliant Park Houston, TX 77054, (832) 667-1400 July 3 – Demi Lovato Concert 10 – Jamie Foxx August 8 – George Strait Concert 23 – 2009 Dub Magazine’s Car Show & Concert Arena Theatre 7322 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074-2010 (713) 772-5900 July 9 – Brian McKnight 25 – Wynonna 31 – The Dramatics, The Stylistics, Rose Royce: 70’s Soul Jam

Reliant Park 1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054 (832) 667-1400

August 15 – Cameo, SOS Band, One Way: 80’s Funk Fest 2009 23 – Blondie, Pat Benetar & The Donnas 27 – Heart

Jul. 9 – Gold Cup Soccer Jul. 15 - 26 – Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus July 22 – Houston Chronicle Job Fair July 31 - Aug. 2 – Hunters Extravaganza Aug. 11 – Houston Chronicle Job Fair Aug. 18 – Job Fair Aug. 23 – Dub Magazine’s Car Show & Concert

Sports Reliant Park

Toyota Center 1510 Polk St., Houston, TX 77002-7130 (713) 758-7200

Jul. 9 – Gold Cup Soccer Aug. 22 – New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Aug. 31 – Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans

July 4 – Beyonce July 22 - 26 – Cirque du Soleil—Saltimbanco Aug 1 – George Lopez

July 3 – Vans Warped Tour 11am

Sam Houston Raceway Park

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 1 Westcott Street, Houston, TX 77007 713.639.7750 July 4 – Bayou Bend July 4 Celebration Celebrate Independence Day in style with Americana-themed performances, activities, and crafts! 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2009 FREE Admission Houston International Jazz Festival 615 Louuisiana, Houston, TX 77002 July31- August 2, 2009 Buffalo Bayou Boat Tour 1113 Vine Street, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002 713.752.0314 July 10, 2009 Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert Houston Symphony 615 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002 (713) 224-4240 July 12 – “Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert.” Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf leads the Houston Symphony in this annual summer offering of classical favorites. Freedom over Texas celebration July 4 - Fireworks, music, and more. Eleanor Tinsley Park

(Backroom entrance on Alabama) Blanco’s 3406 W Alabama St., Houston, TX 77027-6004 (713) 439-0072 Wednesdays- Open Mic Night Thursday & Friday-Country Cynthia woods Mitchell Pavilion 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281-363-3300 July 3 – Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute 8pm 10 – Chicago with Earth Wind & Fire 7.30pm 17 – Aerosmith with ZZ Top 7.30 pm 18 – New Kids on the Block with Jabbawockeez 7.30pm 22 – Coldplay with Amadou & Miriam, Kitty Daisy & Lewis 24 – Rod Steward 25 – The Fray with Jack’s Mannequin 28 – The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

Houston Astros For Times go to: July 6-8 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates July 9-12 vs. Washington Nationals July 20-22 vs. St. Louis Cardinals July 24-26 vs. New York Mets Aug. 3-5 vs. San Francisco Giants Aug. 7-9 vs. Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 18 - 20 vs. Florida Marlins Aug. 21-23 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Dynamo Homegames Jul. 25 vs. New England Revolution 7.30pm Aug 1 vs. D.C. United 7.30pm Aug 9 vs. Chicago Fire 7.30pm Aug 23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC 7.30pm Houston Texans Aug. 22 vs. New Orleans Saints 7pm Aug. 31 vs. Minnesota Vikings 7pm

August 1 – Sean Hannity Freedom Concert with Billy Ray Cyrus. Charlie Daniels Band, Michael W. Smith, Lee Greenwood & Oliver North 7pm 2 – Bob Dylan with John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson



A.J. Foyt was born on January 16, 1935, in Houston, Texas. He attended Lamar and San Jacinto High Schools, dropping out to become a mechanic and, later, a race car driver. He won several major sports car racing events including the Indy 500. He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981in Houston Texas and attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Alief Elsik High. She is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the girl group Destiny’s Child. In June 2003, during the hiatus of Destiny’s Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, one of the most successful albums of that year. She began her acting career in 2001, appearing in the musical film Carmen: A Hip Hopera. In 2006, she starred in the lead role in the film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, for which she earned two Golden Globe nominations. Knowles launched her family’s fashion line, House of Deréon, in 2004. In 2009, Forbes listed Knowles fourth on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities, with over $87 million dollars in earnings. Billy Gibbons was born on December 16, 1949 in Houston, Texas and attended Lee High School. Nicknamed

Intelligence (DCI) under Gerald R. Ford. Bush is the fa ther of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. He was the last World War II veteran to serve as U.S. president, and the last president to have fought in a war before being elected. Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April

New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers, from 1966 to 1993. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Michael Saul Dell was born on February 23, 1965, in Houston, Texas. He attended Memorial High School where, at the age of 15, he had his first encounter with a computer when he broke down a new Apple II and rebuilt it, just to see if he could. Later at the University Of Texas At Austin, he started a computer company called PC’s Limited in his room in Dobie Center. The company became successful enough that, with the help of an additional loan from his grandparents, Dell dropped out of the university at the age of 19 to run PC’s Limited, which later became Dell Computer Corporation, then ultimately Dell, Inc. Paul Neal “Red” Adair (June 18, 1915 – August 7, 2004) was a renowned American oil well firefighter. He was born in Houston, Texas, and attended Reagan High School.He became world famous as an innovator in the highly specialized and extremely hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping blazing, erupting oil wells, both land-based and offshore. Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in

“the Reverend Willie G”, he is best known as the guitarist for ZZ Top. He is also the lead vocalist and composer for many of the band’s classic songs. Craig Biggio was born on December 14, 1965 in Kings Park, New York and attended King’s Park High School. He is a former Major League Baseball player who played his entire career with the Houston Astros, four time recipient of the Golden Glove Award and had over 3,000 hits. He is now the head varsity baseball coach for St. Thomas High School. Daniel Irvin “Dan” Rather, Jr. was born October 31, 1931 in Houston, Texas. He attended John H. Reagan High School then went on to the University of Houston as well as South Texas College of Law—dropping out of both before graduating from Sam Houston State University. Later Rather gained fame as a journalist and news anchor for the CBS Evening News and is now managing editor and anchor of a television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports.. Dennis William Quaid was born April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas and studied drama at Bellaire High School and later at the University of Houston. He is now an established actor in Hollywood. George Edward Foreman was born January 10, 1949 in Marshall, TX. Before becoming a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and entrepreneur, he was a brawler and petty criminal on the streets of 5th Ward in Houston. He became the oldest man ever to win a major heavyweight title when, at 45, he knocked out 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round. He has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring magazine. Nicknamed “Big George,” he is now a successful businessman and an ordained Christian minister. Foreman is ranked #9 on Ring magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts and attended the Phillips Academy in Andover. He served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Bush held a variety of political positions prior to his presidency, including Vice President of the United States in the administration of Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) and Director of Central

5, 1976) was an American aviator, industrialist, film producer and director, philanthropist, and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He attended Thacher High School in Ojai, CA before dropping out of Rice and later graduating from the California Institute of Technology.He gained fame in the late 1920s as a maverick film producer, often making controversial films like Hell’s Angels, Scarface, and The Outlaw. Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history. He set multiple world air-speed records (for which he won many awards, including the Congressional Gold Medal), built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 “Hercules” aircraft, and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines. Hughes is remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder. Jaclyn Ellen Smith was born on October 26, 1947 in Houston, Texas, where she attended Lamar High School. She is best known for the role of Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie’s Angels. Beginning in the 1980s, she began developing and marketing her own brands of clothing and perfume. Jeff Bagwell was born on May 27, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. He later graduated from Xavier High in Middleton, Connecticut. He was a MLB first baseman who spent his entire major league career with the Houston Astros. He remains with the Astros as an assistant to the General Manager. Kenny Rogers was born on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, where he attended Jefferson Davis High School. He has become a successful county music singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur, producing more than 70 hit singles across the charts. Lyle Pearce Lovett was born on November 1, 1957 in Klein, Texas where he graduated Klein High School. He is a successful singer-songwriter and actor, recording 13 albums and 21 singles. He has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male County Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. was born on January 31, in Refugio, Texas and attended Alvin High School. He has a MLB star pitcher and is now president of the Texas Rangers. Ryan played in a major league record 27 seasons for the

Houston, Texas, where he attended Waltrip High School. He gained fame as an actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He was listed by People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991. Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969 in Katy, Texas, where she attended Katy High School before moving on to the University of Texas at Austin. She is now a famous actress and producer, has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Shelley Alexis Duvall was born on July 7, 1949 in Houston, Texas, where she graduated from Waltrip High School. Later she became an award-winning American film and television actress. She began her career in the 1970s, playing characters in the movies of Robert Altman, and eventually starred in movies by Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Steve Martin and Tim Burton. Vickie Lynn Marshall (November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007), better known under the stage name of Anna Nicole Smith, was an American model, sex symbol, actress and television personality. She first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for clothing companies, including Guess jeans and starred in her own reality TV show, The Anna Nicole Show. Born and raised in Texas, Smith dropped out of Mexia high school and was married at the age of 17. Her highly publicized second marriage to oil business executive and billionaire J. Howard Marshall, 63 years her senior, resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his money, which she denied. Following his death, she began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v. Marshall, reached the U.S. Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction. Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was born on November 4, 1916 in St. Joseph, MO. Later he moved to Houston where he attended San Jacinto High School before moving on to the University of Texas at Austin. He became a broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was known as “the most trusted man in America” for his professional experience and kindly demeanor.

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