PUBLISHER’S NOTE I had a very intelligent cover and column addressing confederate historical statues. Then, Harvey arrived. As I write this, it seems inconsequential. Each of us has formed our thoughts and opinions as to whether the statutes are extreme, somewhere in the middle, or a little of both. That debate can wait. We’re now faced with pain from Harvey, getting over that pain, and allowing the healing process to begin.
Do we honor those who fought for the Confederacy do we take down or relocate the statues to respect those who associate the statues with slavery? No one really cares right now. With all these things separating and segregating our great city, Harvey came along and made us realize that regardless of color, race, sex, status, we are very strong Houstonians fighting on the same side. I hope that we can keep this spirit as we return to challenging issues and inflexible people who attempt to wreck our solidarity. In your meetings, your protests, and your words, remember that we are all proud Houstonians. Harvey is part of history and whether we like it or not, we will find a way to embrace this memory as a learning experience that reminds us of who we really are…deeply rooted friends!
Standing in line waiting for food is something many of us have not previously done. Isn’t it amazing how well we get along during such trying times? A post from Christopher Brown of Oklahoma eloquently described Houston’s situation – “America is not what happened in Charlottesville. It is what is happening in Houston.”
Our cover debate will wait.
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ARTS + EVENTS MUSIC & DANCE
RIVER OAKS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (ROCO)
ARS LYRICA SWEET PHILOMENA
TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Sept. 22, 2017
Sept. 22-23, 2017
HOUSTON SYMPHONY SEPTEMBER 1-3 ELLA 6 BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS 9 OPENING NIGHT 10 FIESTA SINFONICA 14-16 MAHLER & DVORAK 22-24` ANDRES CONDUCTS SCHUMANN 25 GARRISON KEILLOR 28-10/1 RUSSIAN MASTERS OCTOBER 6-8 SUPERHERO SOUNDTRACK 14 LUNADA 119-21 MOZART’S JUPITER SYMPHONY 26-29 BEETHOVEN & PROKOFIEV 27 PSYCHO: FILM w/ LIVE ORCHESTRA
UNCHAMBERED: NIK-NAK Oct. 8, 2017
MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE SEPTEMBER 2 BACH & PIAZZOLLA 3 BOLLYWOOD BLAST: THE BOLLYWOOD BACHELOR 8-9 XANADU 15 EL GRITO w/ MARIACHI REYNA DE LAS ANGELAS 16 SALSA Y SALUD 19 TAPESTRY DANCE 20 MOVING MYTHS 22 ROCO SEASON OPENER 23 DIA DE LA HISPANIDAD PLENA LIBRE 25 DR. KABOOM 28 NO BULLY HERE 29 MOVIES AT MILLER - SING
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: WILLIAM BELL, BOBBY RUSH, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE OCTOBER 1 1000 LIGHTS FOR PEACE 2-4 HANSEL & GRETEL 5-7 38TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL CHICANO 12-13 SWING BABY SWING! 14 LUNADA 2017 15 SYMPHONIC SPOOKTACULAR 20-21 SPLENDID CHINA XII 23 KUPIRA MARIMBA 25 MOVING MYTHS 26 LET’S MAKE A PLAY TODAY! 27 TSURU 28 SOME ENCHANTED EVENING 31 JOHN CARPENTER’S HALLOWEEN (1978)
THEATER ALLEY THEATER ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS Ongoing through Sept. 3, 2017
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THE FIRST NOEL Opens Nov. 17 through Dec. 3, 2017
HOBBY CENTER SEPTEMBER 9 PHILIP GLASS: AGUAS DA AMAZONIA 15-16 AMERICAN IDIOT 16-17 THOUSANDS OF HELPING HANDS 21 TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 21 CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET LIVE 22 SWEET PHILOMELA OCTOBER 7 HOUSTON MELHARMONY 10-22 THE SECRET GARDEN 31 ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
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Bayou City Art Festival
The Art Colony Association’s (ACA) Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will feature artist Tony Paraná, a local self-taught mixed media artist originally from Brazil. Paraná along with over 300 artists from around the country on October 14 – 15, 2017. Executive Director of Art Colony Association, Bridget Anderson, proclaims that his work and others will highlight the diversity in art and “ looks forward to having the best outdoor art festival under the Houston skyline.” Featured Artist: In 2007, Paraná arrived to Houston and Tony Paraná immediately became involved in the local arts community. Paraná unveiled a new piece inspired by Houston that will be the featured artwork for the 2017 Downtown festival. Tickets online are $12 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 12; children five and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults. Discounted tickets for Veterans and Seniors will be available at the gate. Got to www.artcolonyassociation.org.
About Bayou City Art Festival: Celebrating 46 years since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, ACA has raised $3.5 million for local nonprofit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits.
OCTOBER 7 SHSU BEARKATS vs SFA LUMBERJACKS 21 MONSTER JAM
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Cais Do Porto Tony Paraná
Favelazo, Tony Paraná
ARTS + EVENTS MUSEUMS ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER SANGRAM MAJUMDAR Ongoing through Sept. 10, 2017
WONDROUS WORLDS: ART & ISLAM Opens Sept. 9, 2017 through Feb. 2018
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta
On October 8, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, an exhibition featuring nearly 70 ensembles by the renowned fashion designer selected by lead curator AndrÃ© Leon Talley.
ARTS OF ISLAMIC LANDS: SELECTIONS FROM THE AL-SABAH COLLECTION, KUWAIT Ongoing through Jan. 28, 2018
PIPILOTTI RIST: PIXEL FOREST AND WORRY WILL VANISH Ongoing through Sept. 17, 2017
HOMELANDS AND HISTORIES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY FAZAL SHEIKH Ongoing through Oct. 1, 2017 PAINT THE REVOLUTION: MEXICAN MODERNISM, 1910-1950 Ongoing through Oct. 1, 2017 THE GLAMOUR AND ROMANCE OF OSCAR DE LA RENTA Opens Oct. 8, 2017 through Jan 21, 2018
REBEL, JESTER, MYSTIC, POET: CONTEMPORARY PERSIANS THE MOHAMMED AFKHAMI COLLECTION Ongoing through Sept. 24, 2017
Oscar de la Renta with Naty Abascal
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE GLADIATORS: HEROES OF THE COLOSSEUM Ongoing through Sept. 4, 2017
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON
OUT OF THE AMAZON: LIFE ON THE RIVER
A BETTER YESTERDAY
Ongoing through Sept. 4, 2017
Ongoing through Sept. 3, 2017
ANNABETH ROSEN: FIRED, BROKEN, GATHERED, HEAPED Opens Aug. 19 through Nov 26, 2017
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON
GEMS OF THE SEA: THE GUIDO T. POPPE COLLECTION Opens Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017
Ongoing through Dec. 31, 2017
VANISHING ARTS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BEASLEY-HWANG COLLECTION
FRANCIS ALYS: THE FABIOLA PROJECT
THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT
Ongoing through May 13, 2018
THIRTY WORKS FOR THIRTY YEARS Ongoing through Jan. 28, 2018
MAPPING TEXAS: FROM FRONTIER TO THE LONESTAR STATE Ongoing through Oct. 8, 2017
CABINETS OF CURIOSITIES FACES FROM THE SOUTHERN OCEAN Ongoing Exhibit
MONA HATOUM: TERRA INFIRMA
Opens Oct. 13, 2017 through Feb. 25, 2018
Legendary restaurateur Johnny Carrabba
ITALIAN FOOD IN HOUSTON
Giacomo’s cibo e vino
Giacomo’s cibo e vino
Cocktails in the Coltivare Garden
Ciro’s Italian Grill
by Marene Gustin
f you love some pasta, then October is your month. That’s when the Italian Cultural and Community Center presents the 39th annual Houston Italian Festival. You can tell Houstonians love Italian food since this festival has been going on for almost four decades and some Italian restaurants, like the venerable Tony’s, have been around even longer. The festival, October 12 through 15, will be held on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas and will feature music, marionettes, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, sidewalk art, a classic car show, wine tasting — and, of course — a pasta eating contest. Buon appetito!
But you don’t have to wait for the festival to chow down on some delicious cichetti (dishes!).
Houston has around 10,000 to 11,000 restaurants and some days it seems like half of them must be Italian. You can’t swing a dead cat inside the Loop without hitting a past palace and they 12
run the gamut from ﬁne dining to pizza parlors. Most everyone has their personal favorites but here are some you certainly want to try.
BOLLO WOODFIRED PIZZA
bollohouston.com Yes, they have great pizzas at this Upper Kirby casual spot, but they also serve an amazing lobster ravioli with white truﬄe butter that will melt in your mouth.
carrabbasoriginal.com The original, family-owned one on Kirby Drive. Incredible service, wonderful pizzas hot from the woodburning oven and Mr. C’s grilled Italian sausage.
CIRO’S ITALIAN GRILL
ciros.com Now in a brand new building, Ciro’s has a loyal following and a generous portion of lasagna better than grandma used to make.
GIACOMO’S CIBO E VINO
giacomosciboevino.com Another InTown favorite helmed by chef Lynette Hawkins whose fans date back to her days at the fancier eatery Lamoure, has perhaps the best (at least the most garlicky) garlic bread in town.
COLTIVARE PIZZA & GARDEN
agricolehospitality.com/coltivare A Heights favorite with its own garden for fresh veggies. Obviously the salads are excellent but the fresh cauliﬂower with pinenuts and raisins is a real treat.
pauliesrestaurant.com Another casual spot known for its sweet cookies but if you go Thursday nights you can score some osso buco that’s to die for.
tonyshouston.com And then there’s Tony’s. What can you say about the Italian eponymous eatery from legendary restaurateur Tony
Vallone? For more than half a century Tony’s has been serving the best in Italian food, even back in the day when Vallone had to his calamari from bait shops. Today the restaurant is a mecca of ﬁne dining with superb service, an extensive wine list and the most amazing seafood pastas. And it’s deﬁnitely worth the splurge during the white truﬄe season (fall) to taste the Alba truﬄe risotto.
So drop by the Houston Italian Festival for fun and food, but also support your local Italian restaurants, they are there all year long to keep you in pasta heaven.
Mimi’s Off The Wall Gallery Ships Worldwide by Minnie Payne
Mimi Sperber, Managing Partner of Oﬀ the Wall Gallery, is proud to say that she oﬀers an eclectic array of art, and if she doesn’t have what you want, she makes a concerted eﬀort to get it. In 1978, Sperber and her sister Paula, presently a non-operating partner, opened a small venue featuring the thenpopular medium of poster art. Thirty-nine years later, Oﬀ the Wall Gallery oﬀers
Houstonians works from famed artists like Salvador Dali and Peter Max, who will exhibit in the gallery in September 2017 and November 2017, respectively. (See sidebar for details.) “My sister moved from New York to Texas with her husband who worked for Shell Oil, Her husband was involved in the art business in New York, and she [sister] started playing with it when her children were little,” explains Sperber. “She and her husband started a business and from there a gallery was born. It was just a natural choice as to what they were doing at the time.” Sperber relates that Oﬀ the Wall Gallery sells retail and its clients are the end users. “They (clients) come from all walks of life – Asia, Russia, United States, etc. We ship worldwide.” Any business owner knows that it takes a lot of drive to be successful. Sperber
comments that it’s something with which you are born. “I taught school for a number of years, but I really enjoy what I presently do, because I meet interesting/smart people from all walks of life – people who believe that art is smart and know what they like,” she shares. “We talk about oil, real estate, etc. It’s all encompassing.” Her parents were Holocaust survivors and in a great way inspired her. “It’s a push to do the best you can. When you’re married to someone you love, you want to leave them a legacy. You want to leave a mark on the world. It’s about having a passion for doing something you love.” She works six days a week, which averages out to about 50 to 55 hours a week. “It’s not just when I’m in the gallery. It’s just a part of who I am. Sometimes you don’t consider it work. It’s just what you do. I really enjoy meeting people, even those who think that they can paint like the painting on the wall – to me, it’s fascinating. In a lot of ways, art is a universal language.”
Sperber has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College, a division of The City University of New York. “I was about to start my PhD in education when we moved to Texas. I was getting a degree called the Learning Degree, which was required before starting a PhD.” The things that she enjoys most about owning an art gallery are the people she meets, the challenges of ﬁnding a piece of art for someone, doing the shows, learning more about a subject, and the passion for the educational part of it. When asked if she would like for her 4,600 square foot custom built gallery to grow larger, she replied “Maybe I would like to have a couple more [galleries] in diﬀerent cities. It has been a wonderful world experience, and I just keep trying to make it better and better each day by bringing joy to everybody.” For relaxation, Sperber enjoys antiquing, travel, and spending time with her family.
MIMI SPERBER Managing Partner, Oﬀ the Wall Gallery 5015 Westheimer, Ste. 2208 Houston, TX 77056 www.oﬀthewallgallery.com
Off the Wall Gallery Presents Two Special Shows SALVADOR DALI: THE ARGILLET COLLECTION Wed., Sept. 6, 2017 through Sun., Sept. 10, 2017 SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY MADAME CHRISTINE ARGILLET Madame Christine Argillet accompanies the rare and extraordinary collection of Salvador Dali’s and Pierre Argillet’s collaborative works of original etchings, Aubusson Tapestries, and original watercolors.
ARTIST PETER MAX Sat., Nov. 18, 2017 through Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 Peter Max (Oct. 19, 1937) is an American artist known for using bright colors in his work. Max synthesized the “Summer of Love” into artworks from canvas to mugs, clocks, scarves, clothes, and cruise ships. A master of Pop Art, he is the oﬃcial portrait artist for the Statute of Liberty and welcome banners at the U.S. Ports of Entry. STATUE OF LIBERTY, Peter Max 2014
OFF THE WALL GALLERY Galleria Houston (Adjacent to Neiman Marcus – Entrance through valet) 5015 Westheimer, Ste. 2208 • Houston, TX 77056 RSVP required: 713-871-0940 • Admission is complimentary. For additional information about the exhibitions, contact the gallery via email: mimi@oﬀthewallgallery.com or visit www.oﬀthewallgallery.com
Rusty Hardin Living Legend in Law Helped Change State Judicial Process with Michael Morton Act
decades. “I didn’t know how to rent an oﬃce,” he says with a laugh. “I didn’t know what to charge clients; I didn’t know squat!” But he learned. In 1991 he was a founding partner of Hardin, Beers, Hagstette, and Davidson. By 1994 he was named Chief Trial Counsel for the Whitewater Independent Counsel’s Oﬃce, serving under both Bob Fiske and Ken Starr. Two years later Hardin thrives in the courthouse. he opened Rusty Hardin & hen you think of lions of Texas Associates, LLP, trying both criminal and law, you think of Percy civil cases. Foreman, Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, Joe Jamail, John O’Quinn, Dick “There aren’t many ﬁrms that do that,” DeGuerin, and Russell Hardin. Not that Hardin says. “But in reality, the only real anyone calls him that, he has always diﬀerence in criminal and civil been just ol’ “Rusty” Hardin, an amiable cases is what happens in pretrial. everyman that clients clamor for and Once you get in front of a jury, it’s very similar.” juries enthusiastically believe.
But Hardin didn’t start out a lawyer; he graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and taught history for a year before joining the army. During that ﬁve-year stint, Hardin spent 15 months in Vietnam. He then spent a year as a legislative assistant to Congressman Charles R. Jonas of North Carolina. Then it was on to law school and 15 years as an assistant district attorney for Harris County. “The D.A. back then was Johnny Holmes, and I wasn’t going to run against him,” Hardin recalls. “So I decided I needed to go out on my own.” But that wasn’t exactly easy after having been a government employee for 16
Clients over the years have included Arthur Andersen (in both the criminal and civil cases), ExxonMobil, Rice University, the Houston Texans, a corporation established by J. Howard Marshall II in a probate trial involving the J. Howard Marshall II estate by Anna Nicole Smith and J. Howard Marshall III as well as many famous athletes. And while he says, in reality, every case is important to the client, he does single out one case that made an impression on him: the federal case against former Astros and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, who was
by Marene Gustin
accused of lying to Congress about steroid use. In 2012 Clemens was found not guilty on all six accounts of lying to Congress. “There was just so much riding on that case,” he says. “I thought he was wrongly accused and I thought the negative media publicity was just unfair. I remember when the trial ended, and most everyone had left the courtroom Roger was just standing there hugging his sons, and they were all crying. That’s a great memory.” Another case that Hardin handled that didn’t have the celebrity cachet of the Clemens’ case but has had a lasting impact on trials in Texas was that of Michael Morton. Morton was convicted of the 1986 murder of his wife and spent 25 years in jail. The case was fraught with misconduct, and in 2011 Morton was released from prison after the Innocence Project proved DNA tests linked another
man to the murder. That man, Mark Alan Norwood, was later convicted of the crime. “I was the attorney pro-tem,” Hardin says, “or special prosecutor for the judge in a court of inquiry that found that the prosecution withheld crucial information from the original defense team.” That prosecutor, Ken Anderson, withheld information including the statement of Morton’s 3-year-old son who said his father was not home at the time of the murder and other witnesses who claimed an unknown man is seen outside the house before the crime. The court of inquiry found Anderson in contempt of court, and he was stripped of his license to practice law. As an outcome of this, the state legislature passed the Michael Morton Act in 2013, which “Morton is one of ensures a more open discovery the least bitter process. “The act has had a tremendous impact on Texas trials,” Hardin says. “It’s changed the nature of what the defendant has the nature to discover.
people I know. After 13 years behind bars, he forgave those who wrongly imprisoned him.” - Russell “Rusty” Hardin
“Morton is one of the least bitter people I know. After 13 years behind bars, he forgave those who wrongly imprisoned him.” Today Morton and his second wife live in rural East Texas, and he has been reunited with his son and now has three grandchildren. And speaking of grandkids, Hardin has ﬁve of his own. He and his wife Tissy, who were married in 1970, have two sons: Russell is a history and government teacher at St. Johns and Thomas, is an HPD oﬃcer. Today Hardin spends his time working and with his family. “The grandkids are absolutely adorable,” he says. “My free time is mostly about soccer games and school plays.” He also enjoys what he calls beach reading (“I spend enough time reading serious stuﬀ at work”) and frequents Murder By The Book buying up Michael Connelly crime novels as well as dining out with his family at Johnny Carrabba’s restaurants and the occasionally frozen margarita at El Tiempo. As for retirement? “No, no, no!” he exclaims. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire.
[Health] Intown’s Medical Person of The Year
Rises to Rank
of Vice-President of Trauma Service Line and System Integration at
Memorial Hermann Health System
TOM FLANAGAN VP-Chief Operating Oﬃcer Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
by Minnie Payne Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Level 1 Trauma Center
hen 61-year-old Vice President of Trauma Service Line and System Integration at Memorial Hermann Health System Tom Flanagan graduated from high school in 1973, he didn’t dream that in 2006 he would be promoted to Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is home to the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute, a Level 1 trauma center (the very highest level of trauma designation available through the American College of Surgeons) in the Greater Houston area. The Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute is the busiest Level 1 trauma center in the United States.
A trauma center is an area of a hospital equipped to treat the most high-risk of injuries, e.g., 18
gunshot wounds, injuries resulting from a serious car crash, major
“I’m a people person and really the part that I like most is getting to interact with these people every day.” - Tom Flanagan
burns, etc. Trauma centers typically offer more extensive care than a typical emergency department. Eleven years later, Flanagan is proving himself to the point that he is revered by Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Hospital staﬀ
for his leadership. Flanagan’s mother was a full-time nurse when he was growing up and had a great inﬂuence on him. “My mom inspired me to get into the medical ﬁeld and talked to me about becoming a nurse,” he states. “I really wasn’t sure that I could do the schooling, because everyone with whom I talked said that it was grueling. I did research and one thing that really stood out and resonated with me was respiratory therapy.” He went on to study respiratory therapy at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., while also working there. “I worked all through my education and training years. I also worked as a waiter and for an answering service which serviced physicians’ oﬃces, funeral homes, and other similar
entities.” In 1978, an older brother was transferred through his job from Connecticut to Houston, and Flanagan visited him and his family. Connecticut had a terrible blizzard that year, and Flanagan was tired of dealing with snow.
Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Center celebrates its 40th year.
The late Dr. Red Duke
His brother convinced him to move to Houston and pushed him into becoming a nurse. He worked as a respiratory therapist at Houston Northwest Medical Center and started to attend North Harris County College (now Lone Star College) to pursue an associate degree in nursing, working fulltime all the while. “In 1983, I graduated from Harris County College and took a job as an emergency room nurse at Houston Northwest Medical Center. That’s how my career started,” he shares. “I worked there until 1985 and then came to work at Hermann Hospital (now Memorial HermannTexas Medical Center) in the emergency department. In 1986, I
was recruited to be a ﬂight nurse for Life Flight.”
organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
From there, he returned to school, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UT Health School of Nursing in 1994. He is proud to have received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the school. In 2001, he received a master’s in
In 1989, he became chief ﬂight nurse and also manager of the e m e rg e n c y d e p a r t m e n t a t Hermann Hospital. In 1994, he was oﬀered the administrative director role for Life Flight and emergency services, prior to his becoming
Vice-President and Chief Operating Oﬃcer at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in 2006. In October 2017, he will have been with Memorial Hermann 32 years. Flanagan was born in Hartford, Conn. and grew up in the small suburban town of Rocky Hill, Conn.
He is the youngest of ﬁve children, with two older brothers and two older sisters. His mom was a fulltime nurse, and his dad was a truck driver for Associated Grocers throughout the New England states. In those days, there was no childcare, so his mom worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and his dad
worked during the day, so that a parent would be with the children at all times. “I grew up in a typical Irish Catholic family,” he says. The darkest day in his career was July 17, 1999, when a Life Flight helicopter, on which he was not a passenger, crashed. “I lost three crew members. The Life Flight team was really close-knit. In a small team, you get to know one another personally and professionally. That was my darkest period to try to get the employees through a diﬃcult time and also be there for their families,” he recalls. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, he says that it’s actually the interactions he continues to have with patients, families, physicians, and staﬀ. “I’m a people person and really the part that I like most is getting to interact with these people every day.” His professional goals for Memorial Hermann are to continue to help lead the organization into becoming a nationally recognized health system that is known for its high reliability and safety, one that serves as a destination point for physicians, staﬀ, and patients. His personal goals are to continue spending more time with his siblings, nieces, and nephews and to enjoy life as he knows it.
BALLERS stars London Brown (Reggie) and Jazmyn Simon (Julie)
HBO & TRAP KARAOKE HOST STAR-STUDDED HOUSTON PREMIERE EVENT AT WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL The City of Houston became the epicenter of the entertainment world as it played host to an exclusive screening premiere event for HBO’s hit shows Ballers and Insecure at White Oak Music Hall, one of Houston’s most buzzed about new venues. Talent from each show, London Brown (Reggie) and Jazmyn Simon (Julie Greane) from Ballers, and Amanda Seales (Tiffany) and Natasha Rothwell (Kelli) from Insecure, attended the premiere and conducted interviews with local media outlets in advance of the screenings of the first episodes of each show’s new season.
Nyisha Bostic INSECURE stars Natasha Rothwell (Kelli) and Amanda Seales (Tiffany)
Alonya and Audreece Dickson
Dr Erik Shultz, Dr Anu Shultz Chelsea Van Voorhis, Ali Sifflet
Nathaniel James, Kimberly McNair
Weston Ball, Brandon Fontenot, Adrian and Marcelo
Ray Dinunzio, Janu Orega, Michael Miller
Mia Gradney, BALLERS Jazmyn Simon, Chita Craft
Helping a Heroâ€™s Kelly Raley surprises Lee Greenwood with news of Daily Point of Light Award.
Helping a Hero Home Recipient SSG Ed Matayka salutes Lee Greenwood.
HELPING A HERO SPOTLIGHTS VOLUNTEERS Helping A Hero Honors The Late Former Governor Mark White and Surprises Lee Greenwood with Daily Point of Light Houston-based 501(c)(3) organization, Helping A Hero, held its 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Hundreds gathered to show support for veterans and make a special presentation to music legend, Lee Greenwood, by presenting him with news of The Daily Point of Light Award. The mission of the Point of Light Organization is to honor those who take action to create change in their communities. Lee Greenwood is the August 21, 2017 Daily Point of Light and the award was presented by Helping a Hero Chairman, Chris Daniel and Executive Director, Kelly Raley.
Deborah Duncan & Leonard Courtright
Greenwood is a longtime supporter of our military and of veterans. He goes above and beyond to stand with veterans, to give back and to promote the ideals and principles that unite our country. Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg congratulated Helping a Hero for being recognized by the Greater Houston Better Business Bureau as one of only twelve charities recognized with the Winner of Distinction at the Awards for Excellence Luncheon. She presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Recipient, Congressman Ted Poe. Helping A Hero has awarded over 100 homes in 22 states since 2006. More information on Helping A Hero can be found at www.helpingahero.org. Lee Greenwood Presents The Lee Greenwood Award to the late Governor Mark Whiteâ€™s Sons, Mark III and Andrew.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and Congressman Ted Poe
Charlotte Lampe & MSgt Blaine Scott, USMC
Cynthia Morton, Meredith Iler, Michael Morton
How I coped with [Life] sending our youngest oﬀ to college
Due to the gracious hospitality of my one of my best friends, Jack Borowski, who has a lake house, my “Michigan Consulate Annex,” in southwest Michigan I decided to spend the fortnight fishing. Surely this would take make my mind off my baby daughter leaving for college, and I could relax. ANGLING
ow this dad dealt with his youngest going off to college 1,000 miles away:
I have thought about this time in life for, well, 18 years. It was never automatically assumed that our daughter, Elizabeth, would follow in the footsteps of her mother, my wife, Lisa Powell, and her grandmother and grandfather, and enroll in a school 1,000 miles away. But here we are at Indiana University Bloomington, parents of a soon-to-be freshman. And that leads to the present question, how does a dad handle such a traumatic time in his life?
Elizabeth and I have, in my opinion, a very healthy relationship. We are very, very good friends. I never thought that her leaving the house for college would be so painful and scary but, no shock to most readers, it was. Lisa and I drove Elizabeth up to Bloomington at the end of July and moved her into a temporary dormitory since she was taking an early class. Lisa returned to Houston, while I stayed, with the Suburban still half full of college things to move into the real dorm after the two-week class.
First, I was to meet up with Ole (Oh-lee) Galloway to take me fishing. Ole is perhaps one of Indiana’s greatest high school athletes. A fierce competitor all of this life which included a tour in Viet Nam, he is now retired and an avid fisherman. He has taught me much about fishing and is a great judge of fishing gear. (Please search for “throwaway fishing gear” on youtube.) (Also, “on the St. Joseph River with Jack and Ole - 2016” on youtube.) He also catches much larger fish than me.
Over the next couple of weeks, I had remarkably better fortunes than I had e ve r h a d , c a t c h i n g b l u e g i l l s , largemouth bass, and Northern Pike. Did my new fishing prowess ease my mind about Elizabeth? Not a chance, it certainly helped, but I still felt remorse. Time for another distraction. VISIT HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS
by Philip Berquist, Honorary Consul of Croatia to Texas They both played with Ole in junior college in Grand Rapids, and HE was the best athletic THEY had ever seen! Small world. DO CONSULATE BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF CROATIA
Before Lisa ﬂew back to Houston, we drove to Chicago as she had some meetings there. I took the opportunity to visit the new Consul General from Croatia, Sanja Laković, in the consulate on North Michigan Avenue. She told me about a Croatian couple near where I was staying in Michigan (her territory), and I decided to meet them.
Mate (Ma-TAA) and Ana Super moved to Michigan from Croatia in 1970 and raised “Beefalo,” a breed of 3/8 American buffalo (bison) and 5/8 bovine. They own and operate the High Evergreen Beefalo Farm in Grand Junction, Michigan. I spent an entertaining afternoon being with them. But you know already what was nagging at me! TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
The Houston Astros coincidentally were playing the Chicago White Sox, and the drive is only a little over an hour from South Bend. We were able to secure some on-the-ﬁeld batting practice passes
Some of my old classmates meet the ﬁrst Friday of each month for breakfast, so I drove up to Grand Rapids to see them. Tom Nauta who was the best high school athlete that I had ever seen, asked me about ﬁshing. I told him about how I ﬁshed with a contemporary of ours, the great Indiana athlete, Ole Galloway and low and behold, Nauta screamed and another alum, Rick Krueger, who pitched at one time for the Boston Red Sox, screamed. 23
(left) Navajo, aka Stupido, a beefalo (right) Moose Lodge 933 in Dowagiac, Michigan, (inset) Self-explanatory
from a connected friend. While waiting in the Sox front oﬃce for the passes, I got to see the dreaded World Series Championship Trophy from 2005. During the National Anthem played veterans were encouraged to salute the flag. I had never before heard of that. A most thoughtful gesture. I saluted. I could not forget Elizabeth in Bloomington. SOLVE MYSTERY OF THE DEWEY LAKE MONSTER
“Sister Lakes” are a group of six beautiful unconnected lakes. In 1964 there were claims that a monster was roaming one of the sisters, Dewey Lake. The Dewey Lake Monster was some 10
feet tall, weighing in at 500 pounds. I decided to do some personal investigating. Dear Reader, I was only able to locate one monster, The Sister Lakes Brewing Company’s “Dewey Lake Monster Double IPA,” 9.8% alcohol! The brew pub was fabulous, but the monster mystery and my sadness remained.
BECOME A MOOSE
Returning from the investigation, I stopped at a Moose Lodge. I had not been in one since my dad took me bowling for the ﬁrst time at the age of eight at the Moose bowling lanes in Grand Rapids (four manual lanes, pin boys setting the pins and returning the ball). Since one has to be a member or a guest to enter a lodge, I befriended the local “Governor Moose.” He described the many things that the Moose support (and they are truly service oriented) and, with a kind oﬀer of comp membership, I became a Moose, Lodge #933.
ENTER (AND WIN) AN INVITATIONAL EUCHRE TOURNAMENT
My buddy Jack and I visited a couple of classy watering holes in downtown South Bend. A pal of his from high school, Greg, joined us at the LaSalle Bar and Grill. We were talking to Brooke, the bartender about the card game of Euchre (wildly popular in the Midwest, it helped me get through college, and Jack and I are “virtually” undefeated in all parts of North America). Brooke
Elizabeth is all smiles as we head North.
brought out a deck of cards and the “LaSalle Invitational Euchre Tournament” was on. Due to our legendary stature as Euchre mavens, Jack and I went to the ﬁnals against Greg and Brooke (they were the only other team). Guess who won? We used the large pepper mill as the ceremonial trophy. Sadly our continued Euchre mastery did not make the late edition of the South Bend Tribune (nor reduce my melancholy). THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Finally, the two weeks of make-believe were over, and my attempts at escapism would have to end. On my last day I did catch the “Diamond Lake Leviathan,” a 2 1/2 foot Northern Pike, but, as I was fumbling with my iPhone to take a photo, the beast looked at me, appeared to wink and spit out the lure. Now that’s what I call catch and release.
After my adventures, I picked up Lisa in Indianapolis, and we made the short drive south to Bloomington. Now it was time to make the ﬁnal move to Elizabeth’s dorm. We met, and she was a changed young woman. Very conﬁdent, it was obvious that Indiana University agreed with her. We stayed for several more days, giving her the space she needed, and wanted (and accepted) to study for her ﬁnal, welcome her roommate (from Houston) and attend the freshmen opening classes ceremony. On our last morning in our hotel, over breakfast, I felt that I was in an “IU Parent Support Group.” So many people were talking about doom and gloom that I realized that I was the least aﬀected one in the bunch. Then, a near tearful goodbye, but a goodbye with a feeling that we had prepared her for this allimportant moment in her life. How well we prepared ourselves with this, we have yet to see, but I feel better about it each day.
A very content freshman who has made the transition.
RYAN GRIFFIN Interview
By Sean Salisbury & John Granato
John: What would you say the reason was for the big step that the Texans tight ends took last year? Ryan: You know, I think we worked early and often with Brock. Even at the start of OTA’s, we got out there with his quarterback's coach, and it just made us comfortable, whether it was checking down or going down the field. CJ and Stephen Anderson both
did a great job stepping up their game. You know, obviously we want to get better each year, but last year was an improvement from two years ago. Sean: And John, you and I have talked about how important this position is, and they stepped up. Ryan and I are former apartment mates, and I’m still jealous because I had to spend summer here in this humidity while you were down in San Diego training your butt off. How was that offseason and what did it do for you bud? Ryan: Yeah, that was a great couple months I spent. With the free agency stuff, I wanted to get out of the city and get some fresh air, so I took myself out to EXOS in San Diego. Got some good training in and glad to be signed back here. Great to have a fresh take on the season and my body feels ready to go.
Newly signed tight end will be counted on by the Texans oﬀense this season.
Sean: What’s the next level for you, aside from getting that contract, which I want to say congratulations for, whether it is blocking, protections, route-running, or catching? Where do you need to go next to improve even more upon last year?
Ryan: I mean there is always room to improve, no matter how good of a season you do have. I think, regarding individually, my footwork in the run game needs to clean up, get a lot better. You know, these guys on edge, they’re monsters now pushing 270 or 280. With me and CJ weighing around 260 we got to get our feet right and our positioning and get lower with our pads to move guys off the ball. So that’s where I need to improve. In the passing game, I’m trying to get better on these 50-50 balls. You know, when the defender is even with me on my hip, I got to go up and high point that ball cause I should have the advantage with my height. So those are a couple of things that I am working on, as well as just overall improvement and understanding defenses. John: You and CJ are both big guys, Anderson a little bit smaller, but as I understand it, this Evan Baylis kid is looking pretty good isn’t he? Ryan: Yeah, I mean Evan’s been great in the room. You know, he’s just taking strides of learning every day and getting better. He’s got the tools. He’s a quick guy, and he can get out
of his cuts very quickly so I’m interested to see what he can do on Wednesday and hopefully he can help out the team. Sean: Looking now at Will Fuller banged up, and we know what D-Hop brings to the table. Aside from the tight end position, what are we seeing from the number two guy or who is supposed to be the number two? You see those guys work, how are they working, not named Hopkins?
play it, but I do catch balls from him, and he delivers the ball on time with some zip. I do know that when he's out there, he's made plays for us. That's another guy I'm excited to see Wednesday night. It seems like every time he gets on the field, whether it's 2-minute or just move the field, he ends up in the end zone one way or another, whether he's running or throwing so, I'm excited to see what he does Wednesday night.
John: What one thing did you work on and want to improve on this year? Ryan: My flexibility and overall top speed, getting the leg cycle working. That's what I want to improve. Sean: What'd you do with all that money, man? Ryan: Right in the bank.
Ryan: Yeah, you know Hop is doing his thing all the time out here. But, it’s just next man up, it’s Jaelon, it’s Braxton, and whoever gets that last spot with the receivers. The tight end room, we’re looking at each other, you know we got to make more plays. The backs as well, we’ve had a good camp regarding the backs coming out of the backfield and catching the ball. We’ve got dynamic playmakers on offense. We’ll miss Will for sure, but he’ll be back with us, and we’ve got to step up in the meantime. John: We talked about you and CJ and how you guys stepped up and what not. You guys are in a competition, he caught 54, and you caught 50, did he let you know that he had more balls than you? Ryan: Oh yeah! We go back and forth. We’re competitors, but at the same time, we’re great friends as well. We push each other competitively, but we also feed off of each other. “What can I do better here? What did you see here?” He’s my eyes and ears when I’m on the sideline and vice versa. So, we push each other, and we have a friendly relationship, but we’re looking to make some leeway this year and get going. We’re trying to push it to 120 balls between the two of us. Sean: Ryan, you've been a rookie, you see rookies. I think Deshaun Watson is a different cat. What do you expect from seeing him early? Ryan: I can't speak about the quarterback position because I don't 27
Investing vs. Paying Oﬀ Debt by Patricia B. Green, CFP® Financial Advisor Senior Vice President - Investments Wells Fargo
The Debt Dilemma The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve ﬁnancial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay oﬀ their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course. The answer depends on whom you ask. Theories about balancing investing with debt vary widely.
present and future needs. That means paying oﬀ some debt today while simultaneously investing with an eye on the future. Although your decisions should take into account your own needs and circumstances, consider the following guidelines for handling debt in light of investing goals:
Save for a rainy day
Some ﬁnancial experts say freedom from debt is the most important goal. Others say it’s more about the math: Your money should go towa rd i nve s t i n g i f yo u r investments earn a higher rate of return than your debts cost you. Still others focus on the emotional aspect: How comfortable are you with a certain level of debt?
Before paying down debt (beyond required payments) or settling on an investment strategy, make it your first priority to put funds aside for an emergency reserve. We recommend six months or more of living expenses; an absolute minimum is three months’ worth. These funds should be in traditional savings or very short-term, highly liquid, non-volatile investments.
Neither one nor the other
Your future first
Better yet, perhaps, is a balanced approach to wealth management. If you’re like most people, you’ll need to manage ﬁnances for both
As a general rule, your long-term investment plan should take priority over applying extra amounts toward debt. Be careful as well to avoid
having “lifestyle creep,” a tendency toward more expensive tastes and luxury consumption, impede your investment outlook. By contributing to a long-term investment plan as early as possible, you may set yourself up for a brighter future. If paying down debt is also a priority, you’ll want to examine your personal budget to decide how much to direct each month toward investing and how much toward debt repayment.
You’ll likely experience a growing sense of ﬁnancial freedom if you stay on course and get your debt under control. As it shrinks over time, you
may ﬁnd you have more funds available for enjoying the present and focusing on the future.
Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide tax or legal advice. This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided to you by Patricia B. Green, CFP®, Sr. Financial Advisor, 5202 Kirby Dr., Houston, Texas 77098. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank aﬃliate of Wells Fargo & Company. © 2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.
Just remember, there are no magic numbers. In general, the best advice is to make sure your investment strategy ﬁts your ﬁnancial expectations for the future.
Prioritize your debts With an emergency fund in place and your investment strategy up and running, putting any extra money toward your debts is also a smart way to go. But how do you decide which debts to pay down ﬁrst? One approach is to start with the smallest debts ﬁrst to eliminate at least some of your debt burden and interest payments in a timely manner. It also makes sense to pay oﬀ highinterest debts like private student loans and credit card debt more quickly. Federal student loans and mortgages might be lower priorities because their rates are often lower and their terms are longer. Vehicle loans might fall somewhere in the middle. Tax considerations might also come into play.
It’s personal As you divide and conquer debt, don’t forget to consider the emotional side of your strategy. If paying oﬀ a certain debt will help you feel more secure, you might want to go with your gut feeling. 29
SWING FOR THE CURE GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $38,000 FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
Dane Gates, Stephen Hallmark, Ray Walker, Rick Young
On May 1st, Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation held its annual “Swing for the Cure” at Sweetwater Country Club, where 25 teams took to the green to raise $38,000 for breast cancer research and awareness. The gorgeous day began with a shotgun start to the 18 holes and a putting contest sponsored by EliteCare Emergency Center - Rice Village. There were exciting contests along the way, like the longest drive, closest to the pin and the chance to win a Ford F-150 courtesy of Mac Haik Ford with a hole in one. Fidelity National Title Company took home first place in the tournament, and an awards ceremony dinner with door prizes and raffle items, including a Scotty Cameron Putter, a Sun Mountain Super Golf Bag and an autographed baseball glove and baseball donated by the Roger Clements Foundation. Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation, an organization that supports education, care and research to find a cure for breast cancer. www.nancyowens.org
Paige Butler, Kory Clemens, Jeremiah Wedgworth, Washington Ho
Chree Boydstun, Byran Hlvanika
Drake Terrell, Castel Hibbert, Kenny Hughes, George Balla
Tamara Mannen & Friend
Charles Hough, Megan Bailey
Eric Morton, Cameron Hollek, Chase Johnson, Mike McFarland
15TH ANNUAL MINT JULEP AT RICH'S HOUSTON
Presenting Sponsor White Rhino Financial Belinda Rowell, Cyndy Garza-Roberts, Diane Frels JP Gill
Gary Hammond, David LaDuke and Friends
Debbie Fontenot & Peggy Cherry
Themed “Dream Girls and Guys” the event enjoyed references to the ever-popular Dream Girls with opening number and closing numbers beginning with co-emcee Ginger Grant, Crystal Rae Lee Love and Angela Mercy singing their hearts to the show stopping tunes of Dream Girls, and One Night Only. Rich’s rocked Sunday afternoon with over 200 revelers in attendance, some dressed in theme. Katy Caldwell and Chree Boydstun welcomed guests and gave a brief overview of Legacy. The high energy crowd brought in over $88,000 in support of Legacy's HIV/AIDS programs and services. Much of the money came in the form of tips for the entertainers with guest dancing up on stage to deliver the dollar bills. Chairs for the event were Tony Bravo, Linda Cantu and Ben Dillon and Honorees The Diana Foundation, Jani Lopez, and Bryan Hlavinka.
Sudy Samandari, John Pettiette, Chree Boydstun, Keith Dodd, Pam Buck