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Publisher’s Letter

A New Decade has a nice ring to it. It sounds like an extraordinary year. The new decade could likely see even more rapid changes in technology. Since 2010 significant medical advancements have improved and extended the lives of many. A Nobel Prize-winning cancer-fighting discovery by Dr. Jim Allison at MD Anderson in immunotherapy is positively impacting the outcomes of many suffering from this dreaded disease. While technology has made our lives more convenient, it has adversely affected the media business with the advent of nontruths and propaganda sharing over the internet. Publishers and broadcasters adhere to a high standard of vetting the information they disseminate. If not, they may get sued. On the other hand, the internet does not adhere to those same principles. Someone can take down or delete information deemed false or even defamatory, but sometimes the damage is already done. Still, in its infancy, the internet is the Wild West and can be dangerous and unreliable. Houston will continue its evolution into one of the largest and most important cities in the world. Our mayor will lead us for four more years in his final term as Houston’s CEO. Sylvester Turner will now work with a newly elected city council dominated by nine women. With Houston’s population explosion and sprawling landscape, there are ever-changing challenges in managing the economic boon while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Affordable housing has become more scarce, and the plight of homelessness continues. Also, Houston still lags the rest of the US in mass transit, where much improvement is needed. With all our great innovation and diversity, we still need that amusement park to replace the former Astroworld. Our Person of the Year Travis Scott is trying to change that. Scott is another musical standout from Houston in a long line of rappers and musicians such as ZZ Top and Beyonce. Hopefully, if Scott has his way, it won’t be too long before kids in Houston can enjoy a new Astroworld.

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Asia Society Texas Center

Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited Through January 20

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness in Form Through March 29

Museum Of Fine Arts Houston

Cutting out the Sky: Kenji Nakahashi-Selections from the Museum’s Collection Through January 1

In Twilight: Mourning Costume and Customs, 1776-1914 Through January 5

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Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolucion en los Campos Through February 16

Menil Collection Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Foundation Opale

Through February 2

Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, Drawings from the Bibliotheque nationale de France Collection Close-Up: Of Heaven and Earth

Beatriz Gonzalez: A Retrospective

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals Earth Forum Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife Hall Of Ancient Egypt Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology Herzstein Foucault Pendulum John McGovern Hall of The Americas Lester & Sue Smith Gem Vault Morian Hall of Paleontology Starke Hall of Malacology Wiess Energy Hall Welch Hall of Chemistry

Through January 20

Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme Through February 16

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom Through March 22

A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection Through May 3

Radical:Italian Design 1965-1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection Opens February 14 through April 26

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings

Opens February 23 through May 25

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Will Boone: The Highway Hex Through February 17

Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody Through March 23

The Art of Cruelty

Through March 27

Holocaust Museum Houston

Danny Lyons: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement Through January 5

Wednesdays - Saturdays 8am - noon

City Hall 2752 Buffalo Speedway

Through January 5

An Impressionist Autumn Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Original Through January 12


Through March 15

Houston Museum Of Natural Science Permanent Exhibits

Special Exhibits

Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries The Art of the Brick Death by Natural Causes “Moon” by Luke Jerram Wild Bees Life in Stone Tourmaline Treasures

THEATER A.D. Players

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

January 31 through February 16


Quixote Nuevo

January 16 through February 9 February 14 through March 15


The Fantasticks

Jan. 24 through March 15

Water by the Spoonful Feb.7 through 23

Sin Muros A Latin Theatre Festival Feb. 13-16


The Green Book

Previews Jan 18,19, 22 Opens Jan. 23 through Feb. 23

Theatre Under the Stars

Once On This Island

Feb. 18 through March 11



Houston Ballet

Houston Rockets Toyota Center

The Sleeping Beauty

Feb. 27 through March 8

January 3 Philadelphia 11 Minnesota 15 Portland 18 LA Lakers 20 Oklahoma City 22 Denver 31 Dallas February 4 Charlotte 9 Utah

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J. Harold Williams, CPA/PFS, CFP®, and the L&W professional team, discuss the importance of using advisors who advise clients exclusively under the fiduciary standard. UNDER THE FIDUCIARY STANDARD, DOES PAYING A FEE FOR FINANCIAL ADVICE ASSURE AN ADVISOR IS ACTING IN YOUR BEST INTEREST?

People assume that to be the case, but not necessarily. Just because a financial advisor is associated with a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm does not mean all advice will be in your best interest. Many financial advisors working under an RIA firm also affiliate with a broker-dealer and routinely “switch hats” from advisor to broker when working with clients. This switch may be unapparent, but it means the legal standard for advice has been lowered.


in the fine print of agreements, and some advisors fail to make the written disclosures clients have a right to expect. The brokerage firms are supposed to police this, but just last summer, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (more commonly known as FINRA) fined one of the bigname national brokerage firms more than $1 million for dragging their feet in omitting important disclosures like this.


Not as rare as one might hope, and regulators cannot intercept all of these. FINRA, the regulator for brokers, levied a fine of $550,000 last year on a brokerage firm that did not properly supervise its employees and prevent excessive trading in customers’ accounts.

Yes, it is completely legal, if disclosed as a conflict of interest. But disclosures are oftentimes buried


The best defense is to ask your advisor to answer one question, in writing: “Will 100% of the recommendations you make to me in our business interaction be subject to the fiduciary standard and therefore made in my best interest?” Imagine how a “Yes” response can eliminate a myriad of concerns in the client-advisor relationship. This is the model we follow at Linscomb & Williams. Now in our 49th year of business, our experienced team is ready to meet and restore your confidence in a truly client-centered wealth management relationship, right now, at our office in the Houston Galleria area. For more information, or a copy of our Form ADV, Part II, with all of our disclosures, call Grant Williams at 713 840 1000 or visit

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Intown’s Classical Music Critic, the Hon. Philip Berquist Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia for Texas

This New Year’s Incredible Lineup

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, it is time to look at Houston’s classical music scene for the first two months of the second decade of the 21st century. It appears that we have a wide variety of excellent possibilities. Houston Grand Opera

• La favorite by Donizetti It was once one of the most performed operas in the world. Making a comeback thanks to HGO. Conducted by Christophe Rousset and directed by Kevin Newbury. January 24, 26, February 1. 6 and 9. Sung in French with projected English translation.

• Aida by Verdi This is why they call opera ‘’Grand!” Conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Phelim McDennott

January 31, February 2, 8, 11, 14 and 16. Sung in Italian with projected English translation.

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Both performed at the Brown Theater of the Wortham Center. 510 Preston, 713228- 6737; Houston Symphony Orchestra

• Overture to Willlam Tell by Rosinni • Violin Concerto No. 1 by Paganini • Fountains of Rome/Pines of Rome by Respighi Ottorino Respighi was one of the master orchestrators o f the 20th century. “Pines” is one o f the most thrilling works that I have ever heard.

Conducted by Jader Bignamini; Ausitan Hadelich, violin January 9, 11, and 12

• Midnight Sun Variations (North American premier) by Outi Tarkininen • Violin Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich • Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) by Tchaikovsky I have been a Shostakovich lover for my entire adult life. His music is often chilling, often humorous, always profound. After completing the 6th, Tchaikovsky died just days later. His final work will leave you spellbound. Conducted by John Størgards; Vadim Gluzman, violin January 17, 18 and 19

• Piano Concerto No. 1 by Liszt • Totentanz by Liszt • Con brio by Jörg Widmann • Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven

Franz Liszt was the greatest piano virtuoso of his time. He also is credited with inventing the “Tone Poem.” Do I really need to comment on Beethoven? Conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk; Kirill Gerstein, piano January 30, February 1 and 2

• Schumann Festival 1 • Symphony No. 1 • Piano Concerto • Symphony No. 2 February 8

• Symphony No. 3 • Piano Concerto • Symphony No. 4 February 9

Conducted by HSO Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Zilka Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.; 713.227.4772; Da Camera

• “Branford Marsalis” - from the legendary Marsalis family of music giants January 25, 2020

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center; 713.524.5050; River Oaks Chamber Orchestra - “ROCO”

• “Beer and Brass” - ROCO’s Brass Quintet performing at the Saint Arnold Brewery January 9, 2020.

• “Age of Aquarius” - clever name, but not precisely what you might expect - Music of the 70’s to be sure, but of the 1770’s, 1870’s and the 1970’s - held at Rienze, January 30, 2020.

Various venues; 713.665.2700; info@ Let me hear from you with your thoughts, comments and suggestions for this column - classicalmusicberquist@

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Schumann Festival 2 Program to announced Scott Holshouser, HSO Principal Piano; Houston Symphony Chorus, Betsy Cook Weber, director February 13

• Schumann Festival 3 • Symphony No. 3 • Cello Concerto • Symphony No.4

February 15

• Symphony No.1 • Cello Cello Concerto • Symphony No. 2 February 16

All four symphonies of Robert Schumann are performed twice in this interesting cycle, with his piano and cello concertos added to balance these programs. Conducted by HSO Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Alisa Weilerstein, cello These programs are all performed at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, 713-2247575;

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Houston Ballet

• “The Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky.

February 27 through March 8, 2020.

Performances at the Wortham; 713.227.2787; Society for the Performing Arts - “SPA”

• “Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center” - a program of string quartets, “French Enchancement”

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Reverend Cy Helm Sharron Melton Carole Krist, Ronnie Krist and Patricia Green

Jocelyn Cox & James Nicas

Krist Samaritan Counseling KRISTmas Gala Tom Anderson, Elizabeth Green and Regan O’Connor

Sherie Beckman and Janet Horn Lily Paxson-Salinas and Edward Sanchez

Photos by Daniel Ortiz Kristen and Jake Porter

The Carole and Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center kicked off the season while celebrating 33 years of providing high-quality mental health counseling services to those who otherwise are not able to afford it. Krist Samaritan Center hosted more than 200 guests to who helped raise $175,000 for the Center’s counseling assistance fund. Emcee CW39’s Sharron Melton welcomed the crowd followed by an invocation by Board Member Reverend CY Helm. Board President Janet Horn took the stage to introduce Gala Chair Patricia Green who thanked the jolly supporters in attendance. Melton introduced this year’s Samaritan Spirit Award honorees Sister Rosanne Popp, MD, for driving the force of CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic and providing vital healthcare to lower income patients; Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis, for his innovation in robotic surgery procedures and willingness to provide care to those unable to afford surgery; and Mr. Ivan Voloyiannis, for his advocacy of mental health services.

Montse and Ken Foster

Jacklin Tawadrous, Angel Escotto and Lessley Lombardo

Ronald Krist, Scott Krist, Kim Krist and Carole Krist Ken and Lilian Sperling and Janiece Horn

Sisters Francesca Kearns, Sheila Marie O’Sullivan, Roseann Popp MD & Rachel O’Keeffe


Ivan Voliannis and Dr. Ted Voloyiannis

Tom Anderson and Addison Green

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Mariana Saldana Broker, CIPS Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (832) 338-4040

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Weldon Rigby CRS, ABR Founding Member KW Luxury Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (713) 621-2555

Wendy Cline Broker/Associate Wendy Cline Properties Group Keller Williams Memorial (281) 858-3451

Beverly Smith CLHMS, Lake Conroe Specialist Coldwell Banker United, Realtors (713) 569-2113

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Sima Dalvandi CLHMS, ABR, Realtor Keller Williams Southwest (832) 630-7605

James Selig Broker Associate, CLHMS, CRS Keller Williams Realty Memorial (409) 256-1274

Lisa Fay CHLMS, GRI, ABR, The Woodlands Specialist Coldwell Banker United, Realtors (832) 447-7718

Joanne Naponic Broker/Owner Naponic Properties (713) 515-3805

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Beautifully Alden Bridge Dream 4 Bedroom/3 bath home in a prime location! Firstclass everything including chef's kitchen, top-notch high-end appliances, and quartz countertops. Massive wine-fridge. Jaw-dropping pool with a full outdoorkitchen and immaculate fireplace. Gigantic master with gorgeous views. 3-car garage with high-end epoxy floors and mature trees outdoors.

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Michelle Hinton RealtorÂŽ, CRS, MCNE, CLHMS Compass Real Estate (832) 795-2246

Debbie Strudler Broker, ABR, GRI, CLHS, CNE Debbie Strudler Fine Properties, LLC (713) 254-2806

2619 Newman St | Upper Kirby

List Price $875,000 | MLS#63293249

Custom On Point modern home in close to new condition - ready for move in. Lightly lived in and well maintained. Located on Upper Kirby horseshoe shaped street (with no thru traffic), which provides a neighborhood feel in the city. 4 BRs and large, versatile open second floor living areas. Balconies with western views and large patio for outdoor enjoyment. 6x12 study off master added in 2018 – also great for nursery.

David M. Young | John Daugherty REALTORS | 713-320-6453

Barbara Kobza Realtor, CLHMS, Million Dollar Guild Keller Williams Premier Realty (832) 215-7533

Martha Raymond Realtor, ABR, CNE, CLHMS Keller Williams Realty Memorial (713) 461-9393

51 E Bend Lane | Arlington Court List Price $1,690,000 | MLS# 43366678

Beautiful yet comfortable Country French home in gated Arlington Court, tucked between Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou. Open floorplan with wide plank hardwoods throughout! Showers of natural light! Chef’s dream kitchen w/Carrera marble island, 2 oven Wolf range, Subzero, and Bosch DW. Wall of windows and French doors that open to lushly landscaped pool area. Lavish master.

Martha Raymond | Keller Williams Realty | 713-461-9393

Marilyn Arendt Broker - Owner Marilyn Arendt Properties (281) 433-9113

Genevieve Rowland REALTOR, MCNE, CLHMS Multimillion Dollar Producer, ILHM Keller Williams Memorial (281) 904-7014

17910 Country Hills | Tomball

List Price $846,500 | MLS #15451121

Refined country living in The Town With a Heart. Custom built home on 7.43 acre lot in coveted Holly Creek Estates. Home has great floorplan. First floor huge master suite. Second floor 4 BRs, gameroom, extra room. Heated indoor lap pool. Barn with six stalls and plumbed workshop. Exemplary schools.

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Where to get it in 2020

For the New Year


eed to jump-start that New Year’s diet? Or, was one of your resolutions to eat healthier? Then put some sushi on the menu. There’s a reason the Japanese have lower obesity rates and cardiovascular disease than Americans and live longer, on average, to about 84 years. Diet is a big part of their overall health picture, and a big part of their diet is fish. When most people think of sushi, they think of raw fish. Sashimi comes thinly sliced as raw fish or meat, but sushi — made with vinegary rice — may contain cooked or uncooked fish or just vegetables. If you have a compromised immune system or other health issues that prohibit you from eating raw fish, a vegetable maki roll or handroll is still a healthy and low-calorie way to dine. But if you’re okay eating raw fish, load up on the salmon and tuna, both full of omega-3 fatty acids that are heart-healthy and lower your risk for some autoimmune diseases as well as depression and memory and vision loss in old age. Nori, the seaweed used as a wrap on rolls, is loaded with nutrients and vitamins, and, of course, the rice is relatively low in calories, and it would be even healthier if you can get your sushi made with brown rice. Throw in some inflammatory-fighting edamame (steamed soybeans) and some filling but low-calorie miso soup, and you’ve got the perfect healthy meal. But, beware of being too heavy-handed with that high-sodium soy sauce and watch out for that spider roll with high calorie fried tempura crab and the famous California roll, stuffed with cream 18 | Intown | January + February 2020

By Marene Gustin Roka Akor interior

Roka Akor’s Wagyu flatiron steak

Sushi King’s Sashimi combo

cheese. Not the best diet dishes. Where to head for fresh sushi in Intown? Here are two popular spots: On the ground floor of a River Oaks high rise, you’ll find the tony Roka Akor. The elegant, modern dining room offers a full view of the robata grill and open kitchen. The best bet is to snag a seat at the counter where you can chat with the chefs. Roka Akor has excellent sushi, including bluefin tuna, yellowtail, and amberjack, but the restaurant is also well

known for its Wagyu and Kobe steaks and cooked seafood like the Alaskan King Crab legs. It’s pricey, but worth the splurge, to order the Omakase, the sushi chef ’s tasting menu. Roka Akor 2929 Weslayan St. 713.903.8669 The name may make you think of drive-through sushi (never a good idea),

Handies Douzo

but Sushi King in Upper Kirby is a sleek, modern restaurant featuring excellent fish and seafood and a happy hour with over 100 items including sushi, poke bowls, grilled lamb chops, garlic laced edamame and beers and wine at incredible prices. Best of all, the discount prices are in effect all day long on the weekends. Maybe the best bang for your buck and an inexpensive way to try sushi if you’re a first-timer. Sushi King 3401 Kirby Dr. 713.528.8998

There are plenty of other sushi options in InTown, but if you want to venture further afield, here are some spots in different neighborhoods to check out. Sushi Jin 14670 Memorial Dr. 281.493.2932 | One of the best sushi spots in Memorial Villages, if not all of Houston, an added benefit is the extensive wine list here. Izakaya Wa 12665 Memorial Dr. 713.461.0155 | A casual Japanese owned and operated spot (now with a second River Oaks location) known not only for sushi but also panko-fried and grilled skewers. Pokeworks 213 Heights Blvd. 832.271.7392 | Poke is Hawaiian, not Japanese, but it’s a bowl of diced raw fish mixed with various sauces and flavorings, and Pokeworks makes them fresh and right in front of you.


Handies Douzo 3510 White Oak Dr. 832.831.0912 | Probably the newest sushi joint in town, this Heights spot specializes in chef-created hand rolls.

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The Iconic Sears Building in Midtown 1939

Sears Building Transforming By The Hon. Philip Berquist


Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia for Texas

ouston is known throughout the world for many impressive things - NASA, the Texas Medical Center, “Energy Capital of the World” - we know these and are understandably proud to be a part of it. There is one area, however, that we must admit Houston is not particularly good at - making use of historical buildings. Granted, we have the old bar, La

Carafe, a building in which none other than Sam Houston slept one night, and Union Station became, after decades of neglect, the cornerstone of Minute Maid Park, but, really, need I even mention the Astrodome? As a city, we should be celebrating, whenever possible, the heritage of historic buildings by preserving remnants of the past and utilizing them for new adventures. Let me give you some

interesting points to consider about the old Sears building on South Main. As most people my age know, Sears (Sears Roebuck and Co.) started its business selling an amazing array of products via the catalog. There was probably not a house in middle-class America that did not have a catalog in its possession. It was said that Sears “sold everything from houses to hubcaps.” In 1939, Sears made the decision to also sell directly out of massive stores, and the Sears building on South Main was built and was, at that time, the largest Sears store in the country. The Sears building also had a couple of other major highlights - it was the first building in Houston to have central air-conditioning and it was the first building in the United States to have escalators! Well, with the Internet and with Sears unable to keep up with the marketing changes across the nation it began serious downsizing, resulting in the

Into Ion

inevitable closing of the historical South Main location. Rice University then purchased the remainder of the 99 year lease on the property and also bought additional surrounding real estate. When Houston was in the running for the Amazon second headquarters, Rice teamed with the City of Houston to offer the Sears site with a plan to completely remodel the building. When Houston did not make the cut with Amazon, the Sears building was back to its sad status of neglect. Then, in March 2016, the team of

Artist’s renderings of the outside and inside of The Ion

Rice and the City of Houston again got together and started making plans to use the Sears building in yet another way - it would be the site of a new entrepreneurial “incubator” - a place where people who were trying to develop technology business plans could office together and share ideas. It also would provide key coordination with venture capital sources to come to Houston and invest in these new tech start-ups. The name of this new organization is Station Houston. As plans developed for Station Houston a sister-organization was started - one

that would concentrate on the renovation of the the Sears building. Its name is The Ion. Station Houston and The Ion recently hosted a luncheon for the Consular Corps of Houston. I had heard of the plans but the presentation was very impressive and I thought I would share the exciting information. The Ion is lead by Executive Director, Gabby Rowe and by Director of Operations, Chris Valko. Station Houston management consisted of a team lead by Chief of Staff, Stewart Cory and Deanna LeFlore, Community Engagement, Partnership and Education Director. The 270,000 square foot renovated building, part of an overall 16 acre complex, is expected to open in late 2020. It is thought that the new complex will inspire apartment and restaurant growth in the area. Also, being on the Metro light rail line between downtown and the Texas Medical Center, it should provide easy accessibility. For more information on Station Houston and The Ion please go to www. Now if we could just concentrate on the Astrodome...... January + February 2020

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Intown’s “Person of the Year” 22 | Intown | January + February 2020 PHOTO:, 1-13-19

TRAVIS SCOTT By Virginia Billeaud Anderson


n February 14, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced by press release he had awarded hip-hop artist Travis Scott a key to the city of Houston during Scott’s sold out Astroworld: Wish You Were Here concert at Toyota Center. Video captured the arm-swinging gestures Turner used to express giddiness over be-knighting Scott, as well as the thunderous reaction of Scott’s fans. Turner oratorically yelled, “We owe so much to this guy, for keeping Houston on the map. As the mayor of the City of Houston, I feel so proud. Because of him we want to bring another amusement park back to Houston. I want you to know this city loves you. I want to present to you a key to the City of Houston.” Arguably, Travis Scott is Houston’s top banana, and the Mayor’s press release summed up why. It described the rapper as “a great ambassador for art, education and youth initiatives in the City of Houston, and a strong advocate and supporter of our great city.” The release cited Scott’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show, and 61st annual Grammy Awards Show performances, as well as his coercing the NFL into donating $500,000 to the social justice organization Dream Corps in exchange for performing. It further noted his $200,000 gift to the mayor’s Complete Communities initiative which subsidizes low income neighborhoods. “Beyond his financial generosity, Travis has been a vocal champion of civic engagement among young people and millennials.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner awards Travis Scott Key to City of Houston

Sylvester Turner’s slam dunking his new term in the December 14 run-off increases the likelihood Scott will get to dabble in the Mayor’s proposed amusement park, a venue Turner called “an entertainment destination for local families, which will attract interest from a global audience.” This, harnessed to the hip-hop artist’s phenomenal music industry success, awards and nominations, entrepreneurial talents, and philanthropy, inspires us to name Travis Scott Intown’s “Person of the Year.” In January, Forbes noted that Scott’s Astroworld: Wish You Were Here album topped Billboard charts, and his Astroworld tour grossed over $65 million. Several months before, Rolling Stone critically described Scott’s pyrotechnic

PHOTO: Mayor Sylvester Turner’s press release, 2-3-19, @SylvesterTurner January + February 2020

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PHOTO: Travis Scott Instagram, 2-4-19, @travisscott

Astroworld concerts at Madison Square Garden as the greatest show in the world. Scott’s song Sicko Mode became the highest charting solo, with rap lyrics that bow to the mother of his child, Kylie Jenner, who landed the cover of Forbes as a young billionaire. Fans became unhinged when Scott performed Sicko Mode at the Super Bowl. “Baby mama cover Forbes, got these other bitches shook.” Overwhelmingly, Scott’s racially diverse fans regard him as more than a singer, songwriter and music producer. He is a symbol of empowerment, and at every turn Scott acknowledges his desire to inspire others. He proclaimed it in Playboy, and made it a mantra in the August 2019 Netflix documentary Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly, which portrays scenes of success and fame butted up against footage from childhood, the camera jerks from a modest suburban bedroom to sold out arenas and diamond covered grillz. “I just wanna leave the whole world inspired, I want to leave a trail of inspiration.” One way to leave a trail of inspiration is to broadcast career highpoints to your 22 million Instagram followers Grammy Award nomination, Saturday Night Live appearance, Jimmy Fallon Show (charmed the pants off that audience,) modeling PUMA with Rihanna, Harper’s Bazaar cover, Nike deal. Another is to collaborate with other artists. He created Cactus Jack Records the rapper said to sign new names and

PHOTO: Billboard, YSL 2018

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PHOTOS: Travis Scott Instagram, 8-24-19 (left)

provide opportunities. And shield from vultures. One insider, Chase B, shared a crucial component of such alliances: work with people who are passionate about taking their craft as far as possible, who have no Plan B, a creed Scott reinforces on Twitter, “Keep God first and stick to the plan” and “Never let fear obstruct your vision.” His widely distributed message, essentially to be your best self, makes Scott extraordinarily influential among millennials. Digital streaming, apparently, is not sufficiently lucrative. Hip-hop artist Fat Joe explained this fiscal reality in a recent CNBC interview, saying music is a springboard to other businesses. In other words, it’s the “merch” that pays for the Lamborghinis and Cristal. Product endorsement and merchandising are integral. In the manner that billionaire rapper Jay-Z co-branded PUMA sneakers, Scott partnered with Nike to market Air Jordan 6 “Cactus Jack” sneakers. And developed his own merch line, tee shirts, hoodies, and established endorsement relationships, Yves Saint Laurent, others. After he dropped out of college and moved to New York to pursue music, that naughty child continued to take college expense money from his mother, who cut him off the minute she caughton. The pride on her face in the Netflix documentary however reveals she has forgiven her son, whose real name is Jacques Webster (b. 1992), “He told me he was gonna be somebody.”

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner attend screening of Netflix documentary and 4-27-17 (right), @travisscott

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The The


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Richard Justice Interview


uring the Winter Meetings for Major League Baseball Executives, the ESPN Radio crew caught up with Richard Justice. Justice is an contributor from Houston and a former longtime Houston Chronicle writer. He comments on the MLB investigations into cheating by the Houston Astros. John Granato: Richard Justice is joining us right now on ESPN 97.5. Hey Richie. How about the Houston patriots. Richard Justice: Oh, boy. Yeah. Holy crap. Yeah. Well, it’s important to remember this. And I’m not defending it because there is a video out there. It’s clear as day, and there was an American League West team who’s been saying for years what they were doing, not only what they were doing, but how they were doing it by banging on the trash can. There’s a Twitter account called Jomboy, J-O-M-B-O-Y, he’s got video. It’s important to remember that after the 2017 season, the commissioner ordered all the cameras taken out from foul pole to foul pole. Now if he finds out that in 2018 or 2019 that the Astros had cameras in the outfield and that they were cheating in 18 or 19, all hell’s going to break loose. In the 2017 playoff games 26 | Intown | January + February 2020

at Yankee Stadium, Brian McCann was walking the signal to the mound every pitch. I mean, this led to the mound visit limit. Lance Zierlein: Oh, is that what that was? Is that what he was doing? Richard Justice: Yeah. He suspected that the Yankees were doing it too. It’s a widespread problem and one of the commissioner’s interests because it slows the game down when you have to change the signs all the time. But it is a big problem and are the Astros guilty of it. They’re 100 percent guilty. John Granato: So how big or how hard does Manfred have to come down on the Astros? Richard Justice: Well, these are two separate incidents. And the one thing I said to Luhnow the other day was if you feel like everything you’ve done is going to be tainted. And he said ultimately I think the story that is going to be written is we have great players and a great manager, and this is a great run in our history. In the Brandon Taubman incident the Astros get everything they deserve. They brought that on themselves and they reacted very poorly and embarrassed themselves by the reaction to the event itself. This is something else. This is something that everybody has

got to be careful. There’s a famous story about George Steinbrenner calling the Yankees dugout in Anaheim one night and saying- Do you know that their pitcher is cheating? Everybody knows that, and our TV announcers know it, and I want you to go out there and have the guy undressed on the mound. His response to George was that the only thing is this guy learned to cheat from our guy. Lance Zierlein: Yeah, it’s you know like I said My whole thing is if you’re like my old producer he’s a younger guy. He was from a generation where they didn’t care. He didn’t care about steroids. He’s like whatever it takes it. I don’t care. I don’t care that other people use steroids. We should all use steroids. It doesn’t matter. So my guess is he won’t care about this either if you’re consistent. I don’t have a problem. But you can’t’ be upset about steroids in baseball you can’t be upset about the New England Patriots and the advantages that they gain and then give your team a pass. I’m just not going to do it because I don’t feel like it’s right. With that said, you know I thought last year was the first time where I thought well this is strange the Red Sox were caught on tape cheating in the playoffs.

“If he (the commissioner) finds out that in 2018 or 2019 that the Astros had cameras in the outfield and that they were cheating in 18 or 19, all hell’s going to break loose.” Richard Justice: Well, the Red Sox were they were fined for stealing signals and relaying using an Apple Watch. Now what I’ve learned about banging to give signals is that if you’ve got a big crowd, you can’t hear it. John Granato: So it’s no wonder the Astros didn’t hit in big situations because the crowd was too loud to hear the banging. Richard Justice: I’d be interested to know how many players don’t want it. Like a lot of guys don’t want it. I’m pretty sure George Springer is one of those guys. He says don’t tell me see the ball, hit ball. John Granato: Richie What is this toxic thing that Jeff Parson is talking about with so many guys leaving the org. Astros assistants to Jeff Luhnow move up in, and they deserve to because he wins but so many guys that just are leaving. Is this a win at all costs. Richard Justice: You do hear that now some of the guys that left when I’ve gone to them said it is a miserable work environment there. And we talk about culture. Now the culture I want everybody to know the culture from AJ Hinch down is as good as I’ve ever been around. But you do hear it’s a bad work environment upstairs. And I’ve had guys including some that are G.M. for the teams now saying it’s just not true. You hear that there’s a culture of fear up there, and they don’t pay guys well. Jeff Luhnow’s been asked about that again and again and says it’s just not true. It is it’s a tough environment. He’s very secretive. He’s very secretive, and he is obsessed. He’s obsessed about what’s the next frontier, and the challenge is, what are we missing? What do we not know? They have people on retainer at M.I.T. and asking what do we need to know now that we don’t know now. And that’s the pressure. You know they did they do not let the coaches speak to the media. I think they’re the only team that doesn’t let their coaches speak to the media because they’re afraid the coaches just in conversation will give away a proprietary secret or something like that. John Granato: This is a wild time. But you know what. I’m okay with the Houston patriots. Richard Justice: I love those guys. I’m still going to enjoy watching them play. John Granato: Absolutely. RICHIE We appreciate it. ESPN 97.5

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