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LIFE IS BUT A VAPOR HERE ONE MOMENT AND THEN GONE THE NEXT I’ll say it... cancer sucks. Yes it does, like a Hoover Vacuum. But even worse, death sucks. This week death took its fill. Lisa Coe Fike lost her life leaving behind a 9-year old daughter. I can’t imagine how that would feel. Your mom is gone. That would be a natural comment if your mom was 90ish and you were 60ish, but not this young. This was tragic and unseen. How does one prepare for this? The great people who run the Two Mules Tavern, as well as all the friends she made working there, have assembled a benefit for Ken Petty the sake of Fike’s 9-year old daughter. Ms. Clinton would be correct in this that it is going to take a village to raise this little girl. Lisa Coe Fike was a kind soul. She was usually the one handling the bar at Two Mules Tavern every time I went in to visit with management. She had great charm and a smile that would melt a heart from a good distance. She’s gone and now her friends need your help to make sure her daughter is going to be provided for, educationally as well as for certain live events that are certain to come her way. Lisa may not be with us any longer, but we are going to do our best to make sure her daughter lacks nothing. Please consider helping. Two Mules’ Colin Chapman has established a trust account on GoFundMe.com for this effort. http://www.gofundme.com/qj4ur4

Considering that this little girl had no choice in the matter of her mother’s passing, please be very generous and join with Two Mules Tavern all day on April 11th and 12th (open noon to 2am) to remember Lisa and encourage each other to support little Devin, her daughter. I did say that cancer sucks, as does death. As a older Beatles fan, we get hit by death more frequently now-a-days. The latest was Cynthia Lennon, first wife to John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon. She passed away just a few days ago after a short battle with cancer. George Harrison, the Beatles lead guitarist, was also a victim of cancer in 2001. Family friends such as John Sustek, Pam Muehler, Glenn Evans, just to name a few had lost their life early to cancer. So, join with me and agree that cancer sucks! Now, what can we do about this? On April 10th, in The Woodlands, the American Cancer Society is holding their annual Relay for Life event at The Woodlands High School from 7pm to 1am. Get active and get involved. Bring awareness and funding to the cause of defeating cancer. You may not be able to ward off the Grim Reaper, but at least you can tell him to come back in, say, 100 years! It’s a sad sight driving through Old Town Spring. The building that housed Wunsche’s Cafe and Saloon was partially destroyed in a fire. The entire building was damaged by the smoke. The Public News wants us all the remember the employees and their families who have lost their means of support while Wunsche decides to whether or not to rebuild. Either way, it is a sad reminder that no everything is permanent in this world, just a vapor. Editorial Chairman: Ken Petty Contributing Editors: Rosanne Friedman, Nick Rama Contributing Writers: Jamie Alvear, Mark Crampton, Roxanne Davis, Paul Van Deusen, Susan Love Fitts, Rosanne Friedman, Cindy Groover, Tom Daren Liskey, Carl Palmgren, Bart Pearston, Ken Petty, Rebekah Petty, Anna ‘Pinion’ Pena, Nick Rama, Andy Singer Photography: Paul Van Deusen, Ken Petty, Nick Rama Graphics/Layout: Ken Petty Advertising Executive: Ken Petty [we’re hiring for this position, send us your resume] Distribution: Ken Petty, Vertical Response Partner Fake Celebrity Intern: Vin Diesel


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PUBLIC NEWS BITS Dear Public News Readers, We get a lot of e-mail from many news sources that ask us to pass along news that they think would be interest to our readership. We aren’t one to deny anyone this forum, but these news items come to us in very small bites. So, in order to fit everything in, we are pleased to give you Public News Bits! Citizenship Preparation Course Thursdays in April


The Huntsville Public Library, in conjunction with the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Law, Engagement, and Politics (LEAP) Center, will present a free five-week Citizenship Preparation Course on Thursdays in April from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., in the Huntsville Public Library Community Room. The course is designed to prepare immigrants for the U. S. Naturalization Test and will cover the application process, oral interview, and exam. All materials will be provided. The classes are taught by Mike Yawn, Political Science Professor at SHSU. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Mary Kokot, at 936-2915912 or mkokot@huntsvilletx.gov, or Mike Yawn at 936-294-1456.

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Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) and Legacy Community Health Services will host Engaging Communities – Empowering Victims, a free community event during National Crime Victims’ Week to increase the public awareness of the rights of victims of crime and to introduce families to the community resources available to them such as parenting classes to healthcare services. Pastor Harvey Clemons Jr. of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Joe Wesley, former linebacker for San Francisco’s 49ers and the current president of the NFL Players Association Former Players Houston, will be guest speakers. The event will offer information on local victim services, a fun Kids Zone, entertainment and more. Participants can also benefit from free blood pressure checks and HIV, syphilis and Body Mass Index screenings. More than 20 vendors that provide services to victims will participate including representa-

tives from The Children’s Assessment Center, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, YES PREP, Attorney General Crime Victim Service Division, Houston Area Women Center, Montrose Counseling Center, The Counsel on Alcohol and Drugs, Victim Services of Public Safety, Crime Stoppers, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Hester House, Smith Wood Medical Institute, Northeast Head Start, HPD, Catholic Charities, Lafamilia Vota, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Dispute Resolution, Central Care Community Health Center, Escape Family Resource Center. The event takes place from 10am to 2pm on April 18, 2015 at Legacy Community Health Services, 5602 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX. 77020 About AVDA AVDA is a non-profit organization that has served the Houston community for 35 years, with the mission “to end violence in families by advocating for the safety and self-sufficiency of battered individuals, promoting accountability for those who batter, and fostering a coordinated community response to domestic violence.” This is accomplished through providing support services, education, and legal representation to individuals impacted by violence, battering intervention and services for individuals who commit violence and educational curriculum to prevent violence in the future. Visit www.avda-tx.com for more information BENEFIT FOR LISA COE FIKE’S DAUGHTER SET FOR APRIL 11 & 12 AT TWO MULES TAVERN IN SPRING Owners, Management and Fellow Barkeeps at Two Mules Tavern are putting together a benefit for the daughter of Lisa Coe Fike, an employee of the establishment and a friend to many. The Event will be held over two days, April 11th and 12th, from open to close. Ms Fike lost her life earlier in the week leaving behind a 9-year old daughter, Devin. The benefit is established to create an education fund trust for her. The goal is to raise $25,000. Colin Chapman, of Two Mules Tavern, established a GoFundMe account to help set up a trust for Fike’s daughter. It is encouraged to donate at http://www.gofundme.com/qj4ur4 Two Mules Tavern is located at 100 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 281-528-0600

NEWS BRIEFS Family, The Musical Stratford High School, Bye Bye Birdie The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors The Kinkaid School, A Chorus Line Best Lighting Design: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music Houston Christian High School, Pippin Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Spring High School, Hairspray

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS & PRESENTERS FOR 13th ANNUAL TOMMY TUNE AWARDS AWARDS RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to announce the nominations and presenters for TUTS’ 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards, which will be held on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers. Co-hosts for this year’s awards ceremony include Deborah Duncan and Jim Bernhard. Duncan is the host of KHOU’s Great Day Houston morning show. Bernhard has written several original productions that have debuted at TUTS and authored the organization’s theatrical history, “Stars In Your Eyes”. After evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2014-2015 school year, a team of 30 Houston-based theatre professionals nominated 164 participants in 15 award categories. An additional committee considered 76 potential scholarship recipients.

Wednesday Klein Collins High School, Pippin, Hallie Chapman as Leading Player Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, MarShae Morris as Fantine

The following local high schools and individuals were nominated:

Best Featured Performer: G.W. Carver Magnet High School, Ghost, Kristopher Adams as Subway Ghost Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Raheem Maughn as Enjolras Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sophia Clarke as Jolene

Best Musical: Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Best Leading Actor: Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ephraim Tallerine as Chairman/Sapsea/Hitchens Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Brett Baker as Marius Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Ian Tonroy as Javert Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Alec Michael Ryan as Lawrence Best Leading Actress: Cypress Ranch High School, The Addams Family, The Musical, Rebecca Stanley as

Edition Spring High School, Hairspray The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors Best Costume Design: Cypress Ranch High School, The Addams Family, The Musical High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music Klein Collins High School, Pippin Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Spring Woods High School, The Addams

Best Supporting Actor: Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Raul Alberto as Bazzard/Bax Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition, Nicholas Lammey as Thénardier Spring High School, Hairspray, Cameron Stokes as Seaweed

Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Spring High School, Hairspray The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors Westfield High School, Sweet Charity Best Musical Direction: Cypress Ranch High School, The Addams Family, The Musical Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors Best Orchestra:

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Best Supporting Actress: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music, Adriana Scamardi as Mother Abbess The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors, Muna Uzodike/Natalie Holley/Celeste Terni as The Ronnettes The Woodlands College Park High School, Cinderella, Jenny Gee as Fairy Godmother

Best Ensemble/Chorus: Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors The Woodlands College Park High School, Cinderella Best Scenic Design: Cypress Ranch High School, The Addams Family, The Musical High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music Klein Forest High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Klein High School, Les Miserables School

SHAKESPEARE COMES TO BURROUGHS PARK FOR TWO WEEKENDS Shakespeare in the Shade: As You Like It. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Harris County Precinct 4’s Shakespeare in the Shade brings the classic comedy As You Like It to life with free performances held rain or shine at Burroughs Park,


located at 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball, 77375. Theater-style seating and picnic tables will be available under the covered pavilion at Burroughs Park on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is invited to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy during this festive Shakespearean event.

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FUN & FITNESS Free Fitness Demo at YMCA: EnhanceFitness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:30pm Shadowbend YMCA 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, TX A full hour of fun for all fitness levels especially the novice: EnhanceFitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age. Free Community Event For more information call 281.367.9622 YMCA Dancing with The Woodlands Stars Thursday, April 9, 2015 6pm-10pm The Woodlands Waterway Marriott 12 Community Stars Dancing for a CAUSE: A Charity event benefiting the YMCA, featuring buffet dinner, dancing, live entertainment and much more. There is a Registration Fee For more information call Roxanne Davis, 281681-6730 YMCA Teen Takeover Friday, April 10, 2015 7pm-11pm Creekside YMCA 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX The Creekside YMCA becomes a Teen Center on Friday night providing a fun and safe place for teens to hang out, socialize, workout etc Free Community Event For more information call 832.698.1283 Babysitter Training Saturday, April 11, 2015 noon-4pm Branch Crossing YMCA 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands


American Safety and Health Institute course that teaches basic skills including handling emergencies and preventing accidents. There is a Registration Fee For more information call, 281-367-9622. YMCA Fitness Festival Saturday, April 18, 2015 9am-noon Branch Crossing YMCA 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX Free Fitness Fun providing opportunities to sample a variety of formats every 30 minutes. Free Community Event For more information call 281.367.9622 Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Tastefest Thursday, May 14, 2015 5pm-8pm Lone Star Convention Center 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, TX Bring your appetite and sample some local culinary delights from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers and more at the Conroe/ Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Tastefest presented by H-E-B. Guests can sample mouthwatering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries and beverages. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for two adults and $5 children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available to purchase at the Chamber, H-E-B and Gold’s Gym or visit conroe.org.

STAGES Montgomery County’s Got Talent Friday, April 3, 2015 7:30pm Montgomery County Performing Arts Society Montgomery County’s Got Talent Crighton Theatre See the best talent Montgomery County has to offer.

ONGOING EVENTS ARTS Conroe Art League Every Monday 9:30am-12:30pm Every Wednesday 6pm-9pm The Wonders of Watercolor Classes with Carrie Allbritton! Carrie discounts that old saying that watercolor is the hardest media and unforgiving, believing instead that when you understand the paints and what they do on paper, you will find it fun, rewarding and very forgiving. Ongoing watercolor classes every Monday from 9:30am - 12:30pm AND every Wednesday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Conroe Art League Gallery. Contact Carrie directly at: carrieallbritton@ gmail.com or 936-444-7303 Cost: $25.00 per class (payable a month in advance) Conroe Art League Every Tuesday 1pm-3:30pm Oil Painting Classes w/Gary Hernandez Each student works at his/her own pace in a creative and pleasant atmosphere. The students will learn the tools and materials of oil painting. New students will be painting a new painting at the first session. You will copy master paintings as a pathway to creating your own style of painting. You will learn.... -How to use a grid to quickly layout the painting. -How to select the right palette. -How to select and mix colors. continued on page 7

EVENT CALENDAR Shakespeare in the Shade: As You Like It. Fri/Sat, April 10/11, 2015 at 7:30pm Saturday, April 18 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Rd. Tomball Harris County Precinct 4’s Shakespeare in the Shade brings the classic comedy As You Like It to life with free performances held rain or shine at Burroughs Park, located at 9738 Hufsmith Road in Tomball, 77375. Theater-style seating and picnic tables will be available under the covered pavilion at Burroughs Park on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is invited to bring their own food and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy during this festive Shakespearean event. A Tribute To Broadway Sat/Sun April 11-12, 2015 8pm/2pm Players Theatre Company Owen Theater, Conroe The Players Theatre Company will present fundraiser “A Tribute to Broadway” April 11 at 8 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Owen Theatre, 225 Metcalf, in downtown Conroe. Marty Craig directs 11 of The Players most recognized vocalists singing Broadway’s all time hits from Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, Buddy Holly Story, Les Miserables and more. Refreshments will be served. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25, with proceeds going to fund Players’ performances and special theatre projects. To reserve call the box office at 936-539- 4090 or go online to owentheatre.com. TUTS’ Behind The Mask Gala Benefitting TUTS’ Education and Com-

munity Engagement Programs Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:30pm Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002 *This is a black tie event Headlining the evening’s entertainment is Broadway star Adam Pascal. Pascal was nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama League and Obie Award for his performance as Roger in RENT. He also received a Drama League Award for his performance as Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical Aida. About TUTS’ Education and Community Engagement Programs TUTS’ Education & Community Engagement programs provide year-round instruction and musical theatre experiences to over 75,000 individuals annually. The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers techniquedriven classes to educate and develop musical theatre students of all ages and ambitions, from the beginner to the Broadway bound. The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River) provides flexible, affordable fine arts education for individuals with disabilities. Through the Classes in the Community program, TUTS teams up with schools, hospitals and social service organizations to bring the magic of musical theatre out into the community. TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston’s high school musical theatre programs.

EDUCATION US Citizen Prep Thursday, April 9, 2014 1-3pm

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library Rosa Ramirez of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will conduct a program at the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library on United States citizenship preparation. She will also provide materials for program attendees which include study guides for the history and civics test, and CDs covering the citizenship interview. This program will take place on Thursday, April 9th, 1-3 pm. Registration is required for this program. Call the library at 281-821-1320 for more information about the program. Green Thumb Gardening Series Thursday, April 9, 2015 6:30-8:30 pm Barbara Bush Branch Library The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners are pleased to offer the Green Thumb gardening series of lectures at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. Come and learn on April 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm. These lectures are free and space is limited so please call 281-855-5600 to register. This series will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. The topic this month is “Basic Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting.” Come and learn how to be a more successful gardener. The topic for May is “Basic Pest Control for Gardeners.” Special Computer Class: Digital Photography Saturday, April 11, 2015 10am Barbara Bush Branch Library Bring your digital camera (optional) to this beginner’s class - Learn the basics of achiev-

ing the right exposure and how to use the menus, as well as key features to look for when purchasing a digital camera. Camera maintenance will also be discussed. Class will be held in the Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer Lab. Bouncing Back: How to Recover from Financial Setbacks Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:30-8pm Barbara Bush Branch Library Kelly Keith, LMSW, Program Manager of The Women’s Resources of Greater Houston will present a seminar on how to recover from financial setbacks. Come on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 to learn how to achieve financial stability after a financial loss. No registration necessary. Book Clubs Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7pm Barbara Bush Branch Library The Evening Book Club’s March selection is The Traitor’s Wife: the woman behind Benedict Arnold and the plan to betray America by Allison Pataki. All are welcome, bring a friend. The May selection is The Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford. Journaling at the Library April 20, 2015 3:30 pm Barbara Bush Branch Library Need motivation to write your life story? Join this beginner’s group. Monday, April 20 @ 3:30 pm—WCR conference room. Please call the library at 281-376-4610. The coordinator Continued on page 8

continued from page 6 -How to select the right paint brushes -How to apply color theory and use the color wheel. -How to pick the right canvas and how to coat a canvas. -How to varnish a painting. -How to paint in Grisaille These are only a few of the tips I will teach you to create successful paintings and more importantly have an enjoyable painting experience. Ongoing classes every Tuesday from 1:00pm - 3:30pm at the Conroe Art League Gallery127 Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301 Contact Gary Hernandez directly to sign up: 713-569-9209 or garyhernandezstudio@ yahoo.com Cost: $35.00/per class paid in advance monthly. Conroe Art League Second Tuesday of the month 2:30pm-6pm Photography Learning Center w/Ed Gorman The Photography Learning Center is back at the Conroe Art Gallery!! If you have questions about photography or how to use your camera, whether it’s a DSLR, SLR, film, cell phone, iPad, etc., then come to the Conroe Art Gallery on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:30pm - 6:00pm. The Conroe Art Gallery is at 127 Simonton St., Conroe, TX 77301. Ed will show you how to work your camera and take better photographs.

Contact Ed Gorman: edgorman1973@gmail. com or call 936-443-3487 for more information. Conroe Art League First and Third Thursday 1pm-3:30pm Figure Drawing Group Classes are at the Conroe Art League Gallery 127 Simonton St. Conroe, TX 77301 Live Model, All Skill Levels Welcome! For more information contact: Darby Kachmar darbykachmar@me.com 936-2285126 or Marilyn Lowry mlowry3@comcast. net or 936-447-1579 Fee is $10 per session, no reservation necessary Conroe Art League Every Thursday 2pm-4:30pm Painting with Pastels This is an ongoing weekly course, beginning February 5, 2015. The class meets every Thursday from 2:00pm - 4:30pm in the upstairs classroom at the Conroe Art League Gallery - 127 Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301. Painting in pastels is quick, easy, colorful, beautiful, very portable - and FUN! Handled correctly, pastels will last many lifetimes and their pure colors never fade, crack, or peel. No stress and no pressure here to paint a masterpiece. You’ll learn how to turn “happy accidents” into a part of your painting, or erase it - pastels are very forgiving. Everyone will hjave a chance to experiment with different

techniques and materials, and you’ll develop your own unique style over time. For those who are new to art, you’ll learn the basics of drawing and painting. For more experienced artists who are new to pastels, you’ll learn the characteristics and techniques that are unique to pastels. At the end of each class, you’ll have a finished or nearly-finished painting to take home, ready for framing. Each student is encouraged to learn at their own pace. You are welcomed to do a classbased painting from reference photos provided by the instructor, or bring in your own reference materials to use. We may also paint from life, or go outdoors to paint as the weather permits. During this ongoing course, you will: -Improve your drawing skills, including proportions and perspective. -Learn how to see and paint values, types of underpaintings, both wet and dry. -Create different effects using hard vs. soft pastels. -Layer and blend pastels to get exactly the color you want. -Develop and use a portable pastel kit for outdoor painting and travel. -Know how to paint trees, clouds and water. -Learn how to paint and draw from life and en plein air (outdoors). There’s no pressure to develop a masterpiece or “do it right”. This class is all about having fun and discovering the artist in you. You’ll have lots of individual attention from the instructor with helpful feedback so your paint-


ings keep getting better. Your supply list has options to fit a budget, and everyone is welcomed to register and join us any time. Please contact the instructor, Kathy Fediw, at Kathy@jfaconsultingbiz.com or call her business number at 281-687-6966, if you have any questions and for a list of materials. Cost: $30.00 per class, payable at the first of each month or at the beginning of each session. Instructor: Kathy Fediw, LEED AP ID+C, CLP, CLT

EDUCATION Barbara Bush Branch Library Ongoing [call for class dates & times] Ongoing Computer Classes Dave Smith, computer instructor, will be teaching seven different computer classes at the Barbara Bush Branch Library in March 2015. The classes are Computer Basics, Introduction to the Internet, Email, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Publisher. He also teaches additional classes which are offered at various times throughout the year, including Digital Photography and Smartphone Tips. Please call for the dates and times of the classes and to register. Each class meets for a single 2-hour session. As class size is limited to 12 people, pre-registration is required for each class. Continued on page 8

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would like to send you a welcoming e-mail and tell you what to expect. She will also provide you with the prompts that are being used this month. Book Clubs April 20, 2015 7pm Barbara Bush Branch Library Great Books Discussion Group will meet in the WCR Conference Room located on second floor of the Barbara Bush Branch Library at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Title for April is Rothschild’s Fiddle by Anton Chekov. Great Books meets on the third Monday of each month from 7:00-8:45 PM. Contact Ed Boran for more information - 281-353-1450. Book Clubs Thurs/Fri April 23/24, 2015 1:30/2:30pm Barbara Bush Branch Library The Afternoon Book Club will discuss Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin on Thursday, April 23 at 1:30 PM. This program will be repeated on Friday, April 24 at 2:30 PM. Please feel free to attend either session. The May selection is The Awakening by Kate Chopin.


Cultured Cocktails with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Thursday, April 5, 2015, 5pm-7pm Fresh Arts 307 Fairview St. near the corner of Taft St. Please join us for drinks and conversation at

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Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, April 2nd, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -7:00PM happy hour will go to support artist the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. Meet the the Mitchell Center team, enjoy a drink or two, and take in Boheme’s bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the organization, so don’t be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for the the Mitchell Center! For more info visit:https://www.fresharts.org/ events/cultured-cocktails-acting-studios Fresh Arts [Professional Development Workshop] Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Touring: Tips from the Road Looking to gain national or even international exposure for your arts group? Learn from some of Houston’s touring companies about life on the road. Find out tips for coordinating venues, performances, transportation, and lodging on a budget. DIY Touring: Windsync’s Tips from the Road Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6pm-8pm The Barn - Dance Souce Houston’s Performing Arts Space Fresh Arts 2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003 Are you interested in taking creative project on the road, or are you already putting together small tours? Fresh Arts invites you to join Anni Hochhalter and Erin Tsai as they share how touring helped WindSync evolve from a DIY student music group at Rice University, to a nationally recognized touring quintet. They will share their secrets for using small networks to help build a successful and affordable DIY tour, and how they successfully reached out to community organizations around the country with accessible programming. REGISTRATION: DEADLINE: April 7th, before noon ($5/members :: $10/non-members) LATE REGISTRATION: ($10/members :: $20/ non-members) For more info visit: https://www.fresharts.org/ events/diy-touring-windsyncs-tips-road Cultured Cocktails with Doctor Major Productions Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5pm-7pm Fresh Arts 307 Fairview St. near the corner of Taft St. Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, April 9th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -7:00PM happy hour will go to support Doctor Mayor Productions. Enjoy a drink or two, meet Doctor Mayor himself, and take-in Boheme’s bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the organization, so don’t be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for Doctor Mayor Productions! For more info visit: https://www.fresharts.org/ events/cultured-cocktails-doctor-mayor-productions-0 Cultured Cocktails w/Miller Outdoor Theatre Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5pm-7pm Fresh Arts 307 Fairview St. near the corner of Taft St. Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, April 23rd, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -7:00PM happy hour will


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Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens 30 days prior to the class. Please visit the website (www.hcpl.net) or call the library at 281-376-4610 for more information and to register for these classes. The classes are held in the Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer Lab at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Baldwin Boettcher Library Ongoing English As A Second Language The Baldwin Boettcher Library Staff provides ESL classes for folks who want to learn to speak English or improve their English speaking skills. Our beginning classes are scheduled on Mondays, 6-7:30 pm; Fridays 1-3 pm; Our intermediate ESL classes are on Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Thursdays, 1-3 pm; Our conversational English class is on Tuesdays 10-12 pm; Our advanced English class is on Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Call the library at 281-821-1320 for more information about the ESL classes. Barbara Bush Branch Library Every Thursday noon-1pm Yoga For Stress Relief Certified yoga instructor, Linda Popinksi, offers this free class every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 in the Earl Elliott Room at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Both men and women are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat and a beach towel. Barbara Bush Branch Library Every Friday noon-2pm French Classes with Marie Come and learn French with Marie on Fridays from 12:00-2:00. The class is intermediate level and so some knowledge of French is required. No registration is necessary. The class will meet in the Robin Bush Room at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.

AREA TOURS Big Thicket Distilling Every Saturday noon, 2pm, 4pm Big Thicket Distilling Tours We offer tours at 12, 2 and 4pm on Saturdays. $10 per person. Includes a distillery tour and tasting of our products. Make your reservation online at BigThicketDistilling.com Big Thicket Distillery’s telephone number is 936-666-1341

GAMING Beginner HeroClix Sundays at 4:30pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other in combat! Battle characters from multiple series, from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League! Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle? For beginners or casual players HeroClix Tournament Night Mondays at 7pm

Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other in combat! Battle characters from multiple series, from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League! Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle? For more experienced players, and competitive players Netrunner Meetup Night Mondays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 Netrunner is an amazing living card game, with an amazing story and amazing game mechanics. Players compete using one of two decks they construct, either the Corporation or the Runner. In a Matrix style world, Runners jack into the computer system in order to hack into the Corporation’s systems in order to discover their secret agendas. Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels X-Wing Meetup Night Tuesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Star Wars X-Wing is a fun and innovative dogfighting game, in which you must defeat your opponents in space combat! Use ships from the Star Wars universe as you construct your custom squadrons, and fight for either the Empire or the Rebel Alliance! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels World War Wednesday Wednesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 This is a meet up for all our Historical themed miniatures games. Bolt Action, Flames of War, and Saga players rejoice! We have tables as well as beautiful terrain for players to use. It’s a great event for both beginners and veterans alike, and a great way to spend a Wednesday! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Magic Commander Night Wednesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Test your mettle in one of Magic the Gathering’s most popular multiplayer format! As one of the most fun and casual formats for Magic, Commander night is a blast! Players Construct a 100 card deck with no duplicates allowed, and play in a multi-man game leading to some crazy shenanigans. See you on the battlefield! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Warmachine and Hordes Meetup Night Thursdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Warmachine and Hordes (commonly known as Warma/Hordes) is an awesome Miniatures game where players assume the role of a general leading their warriors into combat. Control amazing machines called Jacks or

EVENT CALENDAR continued continued from page 8 go to support the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Enjoy a drink or two, meet the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board, and take-in Boheme’s bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the organization, so don’t be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for the Miller Outdoor Theater! For more info visit: https://www.fresharts.org/ events/cultured-cocktails-miller-outdoor-theatre

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Star Wars X-Wing Tournament Saturday April 11, 2015 11am Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Star Wars X-Wing is a fun and innovative dogfighting game, in which you must defeat your opponents in space combat! Use ships from the Star Wars universe as you construct your custom Headshot & CV (For performing artists ) squadrons, and fight for either the Empire or the Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6pm-8pm Rebel Alliance! Fresh Arts Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, 77007 Players should come with 100 point squads, and all waves are legal. Are you geared up for this tax season? Unsure Start: 11am how to file your hard-earned creative labor? Entry: $10 Organizing and preparing your financial data as For more Details go to: an artist can be difficult to navigate. Let Fresh Arts and Kathy Ploch help guide you on a road to https://www.facebook.com/ events/798756990208078/ financial stability and tax mastery! For more info visit: https://www.fresharts.org/ Warhammer Fantasy Tournament events/workshop-your-best-headshot-cv Saturday April 18, 2015 Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 GAMING Taking place 40,000 years before the events of Warhammer 40k ITC Format Tournament Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy takes you to a world of magic, Elves and Dwarves. With Saturday April 4, 2015 10am dark Necromancers and Demons roaming the Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 lands, you take on the role of a general commanding your warriors on to victory! Will you Warhammer 40k is a fun miniatures games, in side with the darkness, or will you defend the which you may take on the role of a general as light? you lead their troops to victory! Employ new and bold strategies, outmaneuver your opponent Points: 2500 $15 entry fee. in a futuristic universe full of dark energy and No Special Characters powerful armies. For more Details go to: Registration at 10:00 AM https://www.facebook.com/ Dice at 10:45 AM events/335429549982307/ Entrance Fee: $15 Armies Max Points: 1,500 Points Players may take any 2 Detachments they wish, continued from page 8 harness the wild power of powerful beasts and monsters to destroy your adversaries. Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Magic Draft Night Thursdays at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Players purchase 3 booster packs from standard (depending on what the group votes to draft), and an additional 2 booster packs of any available expansion to add to the prize pool! Players then construct a 40 card deck from the contents of their draft to compete with, battling for prizes and glory! Fun event for players of all experience levels, and perfect for players to expand their collection For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/340064569532538/ Friday Night Magic Fridays at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Experience one of the most intense and fun Standard Magic tournaments in the area every Friday at Fat Ogre! Players bring a 60 card Standard legal deck to compete in a massive tournament! A fun night for players of all ages and experience levels, Friday

Night Magic is your premier Magic event. Fun event for players of all experience levels For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/510118335795397/


APRIL FOOLS DAY; A HOLIDAY? AIMED AT OR ESTABLISHED BY ATHEISTS? by Bart Pearston “One nation, under God”? I was wondering in the pledge what the prepositional phrase “To the Republic” that this column uses implies. It is estimated that 31% of the 7.1 Billion humans on the Earth are Christians, and will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. But didn’t the 142 million or 2% of the population’s annual holiday get overlooked? Yes we observed numerous “holidays” this week, but did any of you celebrate April 1st as “Atheists Day”? I kid you not; this was started in 2003 and is an “official” holiday. Now, it may be sheer Bart Pearston coincidence that it is also April Fool’s Day, but “The Public News” wishes no group to go overlooked. My atheist friends tell me they believe in nothing, and that would certainly apply to the responses and hypotheses the media asserted regarding an incident at Spanish Fork River Utah, 2 weeks ago. For those who hadn’t heard, (not surprising BTW), On March 14th, ABC, Fox, CNN, all covered the story of an unconscious 18 month old Lily Groesbeck being rescued by four police officers after being suspended upside down in her car seat in the shallow, frozen river waters for 14 hours. Some even covered the bigger story of

what happened just before that. The girl’s mother died immediately after the plunge over the river’s gorge. The body camera recorded and all four reported a voice calling, “Help me”, “help us” as they climbed down the ravine. There was the lifeless Lily partially submerged in her car seat. Hypothermia and suffocation had set in so they began immediate C.P.R. The baby was saved and the media has been silent on who, or what may be a better question, called them to the car. For those who don’t believe in anything “supernatural”, I would love to hear their explanation. “mass paracusia” maybe? If that is the case why have none of them ever experienced it and why did they all hear it? How is it that they all were fully conscious and in command of their faculties while performing the rescue? So many questions, so few answers. I have my own, but with the outspoken mouthpieces of the “New Atheists” wouldn’t you expect to hear ONE (other than, “well the odds are remote, but not impossible”)? Really? A voice from the unconscious or a dead other is now “possible”? If I sound patronizing, I apologize. I don’t mean to preach, but I challenge even the most die-hard skeptics out there to Google any of the occurrences that day in Utah with an open mind. The ability to believe in miracles is what makes this week special. I almost pity those who can’t or won’t believe in them. May each of you have a miraculous Easter.

Warhammer Meetup Night Fridays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 A fun meetup night for both Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k players, Fat Ogre has an amazing community for Warhammer. A great night for players of all experience levels, new players can feel free to stop by and learn! Fun event for players of all experience levels Magic Modern Tournament Saturdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 A fun tournament for Magic the Gathering players to test their competitive skill with access to older and more powerful cards. Players bring a Modern legal deck comprised of 60 cards, and compete for prizes and glory! Players may use any Magic the Gathering card printed after 8th edition, with a few specific exceptions. Fun event for players of all experience levels For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1376049572715159/


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Englishmen” tour, using many of the musicians from “D&B&F”. [Note: I attended one of the concerts on that tour. It was fantastic, pure musical anarchy! Between Wilson’s on-the-fly creativity, Cocker’s maniac performances, and the numerous members of the flaky cast/crew/band, no one was ever sure what the show would be!] In the early 70’s, Wilson began his side flirtation with country music, and was a regular performer at Gilley’s Club in Pasadena. [Note: Any of you reader’s remember him there? I frequented Gilleys BTM (Before The Movie) , but for the life of me I can’t remember Wilson from those days. But how many of us really remember any of the nights at Gilley’s ?] Anyway, in 1973 Wilson released his first country/western album, “Hank Wilson’s Back” (later re-released as “Hank Wilson’s Back Vol. 1”.) My kind of country music – good ol’ fashioned cry-in-your-beer whiny nasal hillbilly! I think I have worn out 4 or 5 copies of this CD. [Note: I got a copy for my Dad – my Mom refused to let him play it in the house or car - it was banished to the garage!] I used to embarrass my kids by putting this CD on in the car and singing along! (Just to give you a feel for my singing, for 20 years in the Army I was officially ordered NOT to sing cadences when we marched!) In 1984 Wilson released “Hank Wilson Vol. II”; in 1998 he released “Legend in My Time Hank Wilson Vol. III”; in 2000 he released “Live at Gilley’s”; in 2001 he released “Hank Wilson Vol. IV Rhythm & Bluegrass”; and in 2009 he released “Best of Hank Wilson”. Oh, and in 1979 he toured with and released a duet with Willie Nelson, “One for the Road”. Wilson is currently still active, recording, writing, arranging and producing, and occasionally touring. In fact, I saw him at a local club down at Eagle Point about three years ago. But if you do not recognize the name “Hank Wilson”, perhaps you will recognize his other name: Leon Russell.

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“Hank Wilson” is one of the recording monikers of Claude Russell Bridges, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942.. His musical career has spanned almost sixty years now, with six country/bluegrass albums recorded under the name “Hank Wilson”, plus another country duet album with Willie Nelson. Wilson began playing the piano at age 4, and by age 14 he and fellow Tulsan J.J. Cale formed a group called ‘The Starlighters’ and were performing regularly in local nightclubs, where they had a part in the birth of the country music “Tulsa Sound” movement. In 1960, Wilson moved to Los Angeles, where he became a well-known studio and session musician, playing piano, organ, xylophone and guitar. He is credited on albums of that time as “Russell Bridges”. By the late 60’s Wilson had developed a reputation as a songwriter, arranger, conductor and producer . As well as working in Los Angeles, he also owned and operated the Church Recording Studio (in an old church, naturally!) in Tulsa. In 1969 George Harrison sought Wilson out for the group “Delaney & Bonnie and Friends”, with whom he toured for two years. Also in 1969 Wilson became the arranger and producer for Joe Cocker, and organized and conducted Cocker’s 1970 “Mad Dogs and


metal above breaking up sunlight into stripes of cast shadows on the ground. The designer chose chairs that were made of more stripes that echoed more shadows on the pavement. A dynamic of lines, real and shadows, vibrating excitement for the unfolding of the garden, and I thought: this is a very thought-filled place. Designed by Hoerr Schaudt the garden is symmetrical in a layout of a classical western garden with green grass in a wide swath down the center after the Tulleries in Paris. In a distance there is a hill with a waterfall splashing down in controlled cadence over ridges of concrete. On the walk toward the hill are various gardens on the side: I asked Kimina, what is here that is not immediately apparent, she answers after considering, “The sound”. Upon entry the sound of the waterfall echoes off of the metal walls, then as you walk the sound becomes distant in it’s dispersion in space and as you approach the waterfall it crescendos in a peaceful way like the sound of a friend, that you are glad to hear, come closer. The mound is the focus of the garden and brings to mind Stupas. They are found in Buddhist Architecture: mounds that are surrounded by a railing creating a sacred path for circumambulation and meditation. The mound is this garden offers a spiraling path with railings and a gentle incline to the top. This mound is solid without interior structures. The sculpture garden is a walkway of busts of statues of great men from around the world- the newest arrival, the ambassador tells me, is Robert Burns, National Poet of Scotland – think Auld Lang Syne or more appropriate to the garden: “My luv is like a red red rose…” This place is such a happy place: ladies sporting identical t-shirts all First Ladies Club, a painter sitting on a stone edge recording purples and greens in watercolor, her patient dog at her side, Moms and Dads pushing strollers with their new babies, as proud of their offspring as they are of their new role in life. This is the idyllic garden for the moments of life harmonious as this space. There are markers of history, statues of Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Confucius statues but all like they join us today in motion, walking. Landscape architecture in the right hands can elevate to be defined as the highest art.

The Way of Coffee, Drinking in Art in Houston story and photos by Rosanne Friedman

We began our day at Agora Coffeehouse you might know Agora from agoraphobia. Agora was the meeting place in Athens where large crowds gather, hence today a person with a fear of crowds has agoraphobia. We found no crowds here next to the very popular Common Bond Bakery but very friendly folk who offer to take our picture, and others who cast happy looks our way. Agora is in an old Montrose house bedecked with Greek symbols, faces of Gods, and a jute box that would play old tunes for anyone with an extra coin or two to plunk. A flat white was not on the coffee menu but a competent barista handily made one, not with the fancy swirl of the stereotypical heart on the top, but one of the best I’ve had in Houston. We made our plan and our path on this sunny day to find some art in Houston. We

started by heading to the Japanese Garden, but there was so much traffic and traffic detoured we circled Hermann Park and ended up at the McGovern Centennial Gardens across from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The entry building was designed by the same guy that designed the Apple Stores- Peter Bohlin; Kimina Jamison, Volunteer Coordinator, tells me. The entry has a building on either side much like an old Texas homestead, where there are two rooms, rather than buildings, on either side, with a breezeway down the middle --a kind of old time air conditioning. This time the surfaces are metal and slanted to a wider opening with a grand view. Upon entering there is a space with tables and chairs for people to gather. I loved the stripes of


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PUBLIC NEWS GIG GUIDE CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct.., Conroe 936-273-0203 no website Fri Apr 3 9pm Fyzical Address Sat Apr 4 9pm Treynwrek, Zinc, Torrid Complex Fri Apr 10 9pm Joshua Chase Sat Apr 11 9pm Texas Twisters Sat Apr 18 9pm Snit’s Dog & Pony Show Bernhardt Winery 9043 County Road 204, Plantersville www.bernhardtwinery.com All Shows start one hour prior to sunset Shows are $10 - ages 18 and up Sun Apr 12 Vince King Sun Apr 19 Already Gone Sun Apr 26 Johnny & the Spinsations Sun May 3 Yelba & Latin Fire Sun May 10 Shake Russell Sun May 17 The Fab 5 Sun May 24 Ezra Charles & the Texas Bluz Review Sun May 31 The .07 Blues Band The Corner Pub 302 N. Main St., Conroe 936-788-2390 www.thecornerpubinconroe.com Tuesday Open Mic with Jeremy Bankhead Wednesday Hippie Night with The Lankfords Brothers Thurday FarLand jams with Adam McFarland Fri Apr 3 9pm The Matchsellers Sat Apr 4 9pm Caleb Boles Fri Apr 10 9pm Zach Walthers & the Cronkites Sat Apr 11 9pm Bradley Sherrer Fri Apr 17 9pm Justin Dyess & Brandon Smith Sat Apr 18 9pm Grant Harrison Trio Fri Apr 24 9pm Chad Ware Band Sat Apr 25 9pm Nick Verzosa Fri May 1 9pm Little Outfit Sat May 2 9pm North By North Sat May 9 9pm Mike Amabile Dosey Doe Music Cafe 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-321-2171 www.doseydoe.com Wed Apr 8 7:30pm Caleb Lovely Thur Apr 9 8:30pm After The Well [$8] Fri Apr 10 8:30pm Susan Gibson w/Joe Teichman [$15]7:30 Sat Apr 11 8pm Buffalo Ruckus & The Wicks [$12] Tues Apr 14 7pm Open Mic Wed Apr 15 8pm Zach Nytomt [$15] Thurs Apr 16 8:30pm Quebe Sisters [$20] Fri Apr 17 8:30pm Ewan Dobson [$20] Sat Apr 18 8:30pm Prophets & Outlaws [$10] Tues Apr 21 7pm Open Mic Wed Apr 22 6pm Texas Christian Music Assoc. Featuring Bonnie Bishop Game On Sports Bar 1717 N. Fraiser Conroe 936-788-6209 www.gameonsportsandmusic.com Fri Apr 3 9pm Legacy Sat Apr 4 9pm Satisfied Drive Fri Apr 10 9pm Texas TNT Sat Apr 11 9pm Big E & the Lowdown Fri Apr 17 9pm Treynwrek Sat Apr 18 TBA Fri Apr 24 9pm Legacy Sat Apr 25 9pm Heated Frenzy Fri May 1 9pm The .07 Blues Band Kat Daddy Bar 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-273-9342 www.katdaddysbar.com No Live Music in April Papa’s On The Lake 9400 Hwy 105 W., Lake Conroe 936-447-2500 www.papasonthelake.com Sat Apr 4 Cadillac Blues Band Sun Apr 5 Fashion Bristle Sat Apr 11 Matt Leddy & the Meatcutters Sun Apr 12 Texas TNT


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Sun Apr 19 Heated Frenzy Sat Apr 25 Snit’s Sog & Pony Show Sun Apr 26 The Goods Sat May 2 Rhythm Bandits Sun May 3 Tubie Pushee Sat May 9 Dunville Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000 www.theredbricktavern.com Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch Thur Apr 2 Mark Jones Fri Apr 3 Mike Allen & Stephen Sat Apr 4 Floyd Callen Duo Thur Apr 9 Tony Ramey Fri Apr 10 Rivers & Rust w/Rober Kuhn Sat Apr 11 Bottom Dollar String Band Thur Apr 16 Connie Mims Fri Apr 17 George Ensle Sat Apr 18 Dave Thomas Thur Apr 23 Matt Caldwell & Jody Booth Fri Apr 24 Joe Teichman Sat Apr 25 Courtney Patton & Jamie Wilson Thur Apr 30 Jeremy Stedding Fri May 1 Roy Schneider & Kimberly Mayfield Sat May 2 Grant Harrison

CYPRESS CREEK Acadia 3939 FM 1960 W., Houston 281-893-2860 www.acadiabarandgrill.com Fri Apr 3 Wellborn Road,Lou,Solice, Dirtymind Sat Apr 4 Burning Thru Fri Apr 10 Rainchild,Three33,Staci Butler,The Dirty Skits Sat Apr 11 Judith Priest (Judas Priest Tribute), Lizzeppelin(Led Zeppelin Tribute) Fri Apr 17 Serpant Sun,Kirra,Black Heart Saints,Raised From Nothing Sat Apr 18 The Butcher Knife Music Tour Sun Apr19 Suicidal Impulse, Destroy The Living, Flesheater - Houston, Texas , Within Hatred& Imperial Affliction Weds Apr 22 “Bang Tango @ Acadia W/Vanity Crimes, The Freakouts & Tame Fury”. Fri Apr 24 “Free Show With Angel Siren,Black Kennedy,The Wyldz”. Sat Apr 25 “Free Show! (With Ticket) Downfall 2012, Whiskey Fueled Death, Reckless High, Black Market Tragedy & Endgame.” The Concert Pub North 2470 Cypress Creek Pkwy., Houston 281-583-8111 www.theconcertpub.com Fri Apr 3 9pm The Spicolis Sat Apr 10 9pm Victim Sat April 11 9pm Mike Tramp & Ron Keel (Acoustic) Swanny’s Bar & Grill 6224 Theall Rd., Houston 281-440-1308 No Music Reported

MAGNOLIA Genuwine Tasting Room 6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com [no cover unless stated otherwise] Thur Apr 2 7:30pm Grant Harris Fri Apr 3 7:30pm Jenn Harris Sat Apr 4 7:30pm Thawind Mills Wed Apr 9 7:30pm Susan Hickman Thur Apr 10 7:30pm Girl Friday Fri Apr 11 7:30pm Little Outfit Wed Apr 16 7:30pm Keith Rea Thur Apr 17 7:30pm Alva Sim Fri Apr 18 7:30pm Keeton Coffman Wed Apr 23 7:30pm Shari Lavo Thur Apr 24 7:30pm The Silvertones Fri Apr 25 7:30pm Duane Vincent Wed Apr 30 7:30pm Bobby Martin Thur May 1 7:30pm Sean Harrold Fri May 2 7:30pm Scott Haskins

MONTROSE Rudyards 2010 Waugh Dr Houston 713-521-0521 www.rudyardspub.com First band listed is headliner/or plays last. Music starts at 10. Thur Apr 2 8pm Deathpunk Slursdays featuring: The Guillotines and Chain Reactors and Jared San Miguel spinning vinyl[$3] Fri Apr 3 9pm Blackout Vipers, The Unconvicted, Machete Season [$6] Sat Apr 4 9pm A Sundae Drive, Sky Acre, Golden Sombrero Mon Apr 6 8pm Open Mic Comedy Night [FREE] Wed Apr 8 8pm Pointy Toe Boot Night---(soft opening) Thur Apr 9 8pm Fundraiser showcase for Lilith w/Cactus Flowers, Bell and Tom [$5] Fri Apr 10 9pm Texas Mod Crushers, Velostacks, Dykes on Bykes, Thrill Sat Apr 11 9pm John Wayne is Dead, Killer Hearts, Crimson Devils Mon Apr 13 8pm Open Mic Comedy Night [FREE]

NORTH SPRING 19th Hole Grill & Bar 202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574 www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows] Thu Apr 02 8pm Big E & The Lowdown Fri Apr 03 8pm Blue Tick, Kelcy Mae, Sugarball Express Sat Apr 04 8pm The Dirty Seeds, Harvester, Rust, Switchblade Jesus, Funeral Shround Thu Apr 09 8pm No Refusal Weekend Sat Apr 11 8pm Honky, Madsons, Citta, The Minds Eye Thu Apr 16 8pm TreynWrek Fri Apr 17 8pm Alvin and The Slickpunks Cocktails & Rumors 314 Sawdust, The Woodlands 832-663-9669 www.cocktailsandrumors.com Crabby Daddy 25186 I-45, The Woodlands 281-296-2722 www.crabbydaddy.com Fri Apr 3 7pm TBA Sat Apr 4 7pm TBA Fri Apr 10 7pm TBA Sat Apr 11 7pm TBA Fri Apr 17 7pm TBA Sat Apr 18 7pm TBA Crescent Moon Wine Bar 440 Rayford Rd., #115, Spring 281-364-WINE (9463) www.crescentmoonwinebar.com Thur Apr 2 8pm Salsa Night with Grupo Fri Apr 3 8pm Jimmie Hunter Band Sat Apr 4 8pm Next Level Band Thur Apr 9 8pm Salsa Night with Grupo Fri Apr 10 8pm Arcades Band Sat Apr 11 8pm Mona Lisa Band Thur Apr 16 8pm Salsa Night with Yelba Fri Apr 17 8pm Alter Ego Band Sat Apr 18 8pm Orion Band Thur Apr 23 8pm Salsa Night with Grupo Fri Apr 24 8pm Ellis Johnson Band Sat Apr 25 8pm Electric Circus Band Thur Apr 30 8pm Salsa Night Dosey Doe Big Barn 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com Fri Apr 3 8:30pm Mickey Gilley [$158] Papa’s Ice House 314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140 www.papasicehousetx.com Sat Apr 4 9pm Texas TNT

OLD TOWN SPRING Cross Track Ice House http://www.cross-track-tx.com 200 Magnolia St., Old Town Spring 281-907-0711

Puffabellys 100 Main St, Spring 281-350-3376 www.puffabellys.com Wednesdays 8pm Davin James’ Songwriter Showcase Thursdays 6pm Open Mic Wunsche Brothers Cafe 103 Midway, Spring 281-350-1902 http://www.wunschebroscafe.com Public News sends good thoughts to Wunsche Brothers Cafe and their employees and families as they rebuild from the March 29th fire.

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FILM IN THEATERS American Sniper R 132 min Action | Biography | Drama U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind. Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

FURIOUS 7 Furious 7 PG-13 137 min Action | Crime | Thriller Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother. Director: James Wan Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham Woman in Gold PG-13 109 min Drama Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes

5 to 7 R 95 min Comedy | Drama | Romance An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening. Director: Victor Levin Stars: Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson Effie Gray PG-13 108 min Drama A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. Director: Richard Laxton Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson BREAKFAST FOR DINNER or DINNER FOR BREAKFAST


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Do You Believe? PG-13 115 min Drama A dozen different souls-all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ ... even if they don’t yet believe it. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faithfueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. This stirring new film from the creators of God’s Not Dead arrives in theaters Spring of 2015. More than a movie, it’s a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: Do You Believe? Director: Jon Gunn Stars: Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley Focus R 104 min Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess -- now an accomplished femme fatale -- unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he

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Chappie R 120 min Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller In the near future, a mechanized police force patrols the streets and deals with lawbreakers -- but now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself. While the robot, dubbed “Chappie (Sharlto Copley),” puzzles out human behavior, the authorities begin to see him as a danger to mankind and order; they will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. Director: Neill Blomkamp Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver

Danny Collins R 106 min Comedy | Drama Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. Director: Dan Fogelman Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale



Black Sea R 115 min Adventure | Thriller Soon after losing his salvage job, former naval officer Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a misfit crew of unemployed sailors for a risky mission: Find a sunken Nazi U-boat, rumored to contain a fortune in gold. Promising each man an equal share, Robinson leads the mixed British and Russian crew to comb the depths of the Black Sea. Before long, greed takes hold of a crew already divided along language and cultural lines -- and the fewer men that make it back alive, the more gold to go around. Director: Kevin Macdonald Stars: Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Tobias Menzies


cannot afford to be off his game. Directors: Glenn Ficarra | John Requa Stars: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong Get Hard R 100 min Comedy When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars. Director: Etan Cohen Stars: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, T.I. Home PG 94 min Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home. Director: Tim Johnson Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Insurgent PG-13 119 min Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and -- ultimately -- the future of their world. Director: Robert Schwentke Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet Kingsman: The Secret Service 129 min Action | Adventure | Comedy | Crime Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree. Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson Mortdecai R 106 min Action | Comedy Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Director: David Koepp Stars: Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow Run All Night R 114 min Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio Seventh Son PG-13 102 min Adventure | Family | Fantasy Centuries ago, a supernatural champion named Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) defeated Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), a malevolent witch. Now, she has escaped imprisonment and thirsts for vengeance. She summons her followers and prepares to unleash her wrath on humanity. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. Gregory takes Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) as his new apprentice, but he has only until the next full moon to teach Tom what usually takes years: how to prevail against dark magic. Director:Sergey Bodrov Stars:Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander

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La Casita Two Brothers, One Dream


story by Nick Rama photos by Julie Soefer The best kept secret in the Spring area is definitely La Casita Mexican Cuisine. Owned by two brothers, Marco and Victor, that have been cooking really good taqueria-style food. Breakfast tacos worth skipping your drive-thru breakfast for that are cooked to order. Usually chorizo (Mexican style sausage) is dripping with grease, but theirs is definitely not as greasy and is really flavorful. One of my favorites is the chorizo, potato and egg tacos on a flour tortilla. What is different about La Casita’s breakfast menu is that they have items you don’t see at many places like, breakfast tortas and even corn quesadillas. The real star of La Casita is definitely their tortas, which are the best I have had around. The Cuban Nick Rama torta (roasted pork, ham, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, onions, avocado and pickled jalapeños on a slightly grilled Mexican bun with mayo) Everything works so well together, the roasted pork and ham s grilled to perfection with just the right amount of cheese not to hide the flavors of the meats. The pickled jalapeños are not too spicy and give the sandwich just the right amount of zing. What is so impressive is that everything is cooked to order and once you taste the first bite you would think you are at an authentic taqueria in Mexico. You can really tell Marco and Victor pride themselves on quality and freshness. La Casita has an assortment of great tortas, tacos, Mexican burgers, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas and Plate Lunches. I got to sit down came from Miami to Texas is 2006. La Casita started soon with the La Casita brothers and here is what that had to say. after. We wanted to achieve our American Dream. Victor: Our First location was a small trailer; that we opened Tell me about the history of La Casita. When did you open 8 years ago. After we hit it off with the business, we decided your first location and tell us about your two current locato open our two current locations. The two locations we have tions. now are food service counters located inside of a Shell and Marco: I came from New York City and my brother Victor a Valero gas station. The Valero gas station that we recently opened has managed to acquire an amazing customer base. Marco: The whole reason we started our business was so we could reach out to the community. We wanted to have a way that food could bring people together. We wanted to show what our true cultural food tasted like.

our pork for four to five hours; which gives it a very homemade taste. Essentially the Cuban torta is itself a homemade recipe; it has a richer flavor than most tortas out there. We also have the Milanesa torta, fajita torta and our breakfast torta, all of which are very popular. Nick’s continued on page 16

Who taught you all to cook and where? Marco & Victor: Our mother taught us to cook. Traditionally she taught us how to combine ingredients, but every restaurant we have worked at has given us all the skills that we have now. Because of all of our experience, we understand how to manage and run a business. What can someone expect the first time they come to La Casita? Marco & Victor: Our customers, new and old, always come back. We cook fresh food every day. We never have anything pre-made, and all of our food is high quality. Our expectation is that customers will come back, not because we expect them to, but because we make good food just for them. And we love that. Your food is better than some of the restaurants around town, why choose a gas station to open up a location? Marco & Victor: We wanted to change the perception of the gas station food industry. We wanted to provide a way to establish a new standard for what this brand of food needs to be. Just because you’re based in a gas station does not mean you can’t have the same quality food as a restaurant.

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In my opinion La Casita has some of the best tortas in town; tell us about your signature Cuban torta and what are the other popular tortas on the menu? The Cuban torta is a tradition sandwich in Mexico. We cook


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AWARDS continued from page 5 Cypress Ridge High School, Seussical High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, The Sound of Music Klein Collins High School, Pippin Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Best Choreography: Cypress Ranch High School, The Addams Family, The Musical Klein Collins High School, Pippin Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors Westfield High School, Sweet Charity Best Direction: Klein High School, Les Miserables School Edition Klein Oak High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Spring Woods High School, The Addams Family, The Musical The John Cooper School, Little Shop of Horrors Presenters for the evening will include Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Managing Director Cissy Segall Davis, KUHT’s Ernie Manouse, TUTS President and CEO John Breckenridge, composer and musician Michael Moricz, HOT 95.7 FM’s Sarah Pepper, the Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch, ABC 13’s Tom Koch and TUTS Chairperson-Elect Amy Pierce. Guests will enjoy a special video appearance from Stephanie Styles, a former Tommy Tune Award recipient for Best Leading Actress. Styles is currently starring in the national tour of Newsies. Scholarships

Nick’s continued from page 15 TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are designed not only to acknowledge remarkable musical theatre talent at the high school level, but also to encourage future artistic development. TUTS will present eight scholarships to outstanding participating students of the Tommy Tune Awards. These include the Ruth Denney Scholarship, named in honor of Tune’s mentor and legendary Lamar High School drama teacher. Ruth Denney was the founder and first director of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and then Professor of Drama Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She died in 2007, just a few days before her 93rd birthday. Students under consideration were required to meet specific criteria set out by the Scholarship Committee, as well as submit an application and an essay. The scholarship committee, composed of TUTS board members, has carefully reviewed all of the applications and will announce the scholarship recipients during the awards ceremony. Jimmy™ Awards The Best Leading Actor and Actress will go on to compete at the national level for the Jimmy™ Award at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Established in 2009, the Jimmy™ Awards are named after Broadway theatre owner and producer, James M. Nederlander. This year, the program will bring the country’s best high school performers together to compete on Broadway on June 29. While in New York, Jimmy™ Award participants will have the opportunity to participate in rehearsals and master classes, receive one-on-one coaching from theater professionals, be seen by casting agents, meet and converse with Broadway actors and compete for scholarships and other prizes. The week’s events will culminate in a live awards show where the Jimmy™

Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress will be presented. TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards® for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush. Tune is currently taking an autobiographical stroll in Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales where he dances, sings and tale-tells through more than 50 years of showmanship. The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public. VIP tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 2, and standard tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 13. To receive more information, call (713) 5588887 or visit TUTS.com/TommyTune. Sponsors for the 2015 Tommy Tune Awards include The Brown Foundation, Inc., Marsha and David Taylor and the Vivian L. Smith Foundation. TUTS’ 2014-2015 season is generously sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For all shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle. Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. To learn more about TUTS’ Education and Community Engagement programs, visit TUTS.com/EDU.Lubey, Melissa Pritchett as Sue Bayliss, Santry Rush as Frank Lubey and Jay Sullivan as Chris Keller.

If you were to eat one of your breakfast items from the menu for the rest of your life what would you choose? Marco: The breakfast Tostadas Rancheros with bacon. Victor: Our delicious breakfast torta with ham. What are your customer’s favorite dishes at La Casita? Marco: Cuban torta, enchiladas, flautas, lunch burritos Victor: Corn quesadillas, fajita torta, Casita Milanesa platter What do each of you bring to the restaurants? Marco: I like to meet new people and provide great customer service & professionalism. Victor: I love to prepare the dishes on our menu and develop new dishes. What would you tell to somebody that just won’t eat at gas station taquerias/restaurants? Marco: There is always something new out there, and if you want to give something a chance then our place, our home, is worth visiting. Do you have plans to open a brick and mortar full service restaurant again? Victor: We do. We hope one day soon to have our own franchise. 5 Words to describe La Casita? Fresh, Traditional, Flavorful, Unique, Friendly La Casita inside the Shell Gas Station: 6007 FM 2920. Spring, TX 77379 281-251-5592 La Casita inside the Valero 2370 West W Thorne Blvd, Houston, TX 77073 281-821-3000

FILM IN THEATERS From Film on page 14 Still Alice PG-13 101 min Drama Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice’s three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day. Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland Stars: Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish The Gunman R 115 min Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. A former Special Forces soldier (Sean Penn) who has PTSD tries to reconnect with his longtime lover, but must first go on the run across Europe to clear his name. Director: Pierre Morel Stars: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem The Last Five Years 94 min Comedy | Drama | Musical | RomanceThe Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over


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a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes Director: Richard LaGravenese Stars: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp, Meg Hudson The Lazarus Effect PG-13 Thriller Medical researcher Frank (Mark Duplass), his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and their team have achieved the impossible: they have found a way to revive the dead. After a successful, but unsanctioned, experiment on a lifeless animal, they are ready to make their work public. However, when their dean learns what they’ve done, he shuts them down. Zoe is killed during an attempt to recreate the experiment, leading Frank to test the process on her. Zoe is revived -- but something evil is within her. Director: David Gelb Stars: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger The Loft R 108 min Thriller Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.


Director: Erik Van Looy Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG 122 min Comedy | Drama The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water PG 93 min Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton

(Mr. Lawrence) and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies. Directors:Paul Tibbitt | Mike Mitchell Stars:Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Thomas F. Wilson, Tom Kenny Unfinished Business R 91 min Comedy A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable - and unimaginable - way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Director: Ken Scott Stars: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, James Marsden What We Do in the Shadows 86 min Comedy | Horror Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts Directors: Jemaine Clement | Taika Waititi Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

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Sippin’ at CITYCENTRE By Jamie Alvear

CITYCENTRE Houston is a bustling complex alive with entertainment, nightlife, and food galore. This open-air plaza style center has everything you need in one location. Live music fills the plaza Thursdays – Sundays and the green spaces are teeming with families and couples enjoying the sights. The best way to experience everything CITYCENTRE has to offer is to stay the weekend. It is the perfect venue for a romantic getaway, anniversary celebration, girl’s weekend, or a family Jamie Alvear staycation. Your ideal stay begins at the beautiful Hotel Sorella. Located in the heart of CITYCENTRE, this Italian inspired luxurious hotel boasts over 250 elegantly appointed guest rooms that are some of the most spacious hotel rooms in West Houston. Need more space? The penthouse suites have a separate living room, full kitchen with

stainless steel appliances, and floor to ceiling glass windows for a fantastic city view. The pool area offers comfortable seating and is just steps away from the hotel’s bar/lounge area, the Monnalisa, where a live band plays every Wednesday thru Saturday. Recently voted one of the city’s top rooftop bars by Eater Houston, it’s a lovely place to relax and enjoy a drink or two. On a sunny day, the best place to start your adventure is at Cyclone Anaya’s. Sit outside on their charming patio or inside the roomy restaurant and indulge in a delicious margarita and a classic Tex-Mex dish. In addition to frozen drinks and cocktails, their featured specialty margaritas change monthly and there are over 100 tequilas available to try. If you’re watching your calories, you can choose a Skinny Margarita or several other drinks listed on their guiltless menu. All drinks are under 130 calories and I recommend the blueberry coconut mojito. After shopping, seeing a movie, or taking a nap in your room, you might find that you’re just in time for happy hour. The ultimate place to grab a drink is Milano Bar. Located inside

and over 350 world class wines expertly chosen to accompany the exquisite cuisine. Regardless of whether you choose to dine in the main area, the bar, or the serene patio, you will receive first class service and an excellent meal prepared by Executive Chef Jeffery Meyer. Cocktails are a must at The Capital Grille and be sure to try their Signature Martini. It is made with Stoli Vodka that is house infused with fresh pineapple, then chilled and served straight. This martini has been a signature item at Capital Grille since 1990. This is a fabulous cocktail to enjoy while dining al fresco and noshing on a Caprese salad made with 15 year old balsamic vinegar and house made mozzarella. The steaks here are expertly seasoned and bursting with flavor. It’s hard not to order steak when dining at The Capital Grille, but for those wanting lighter fare, the seafood entrees are magnificent. The Sesame Crusted Tuna with ginger rice and three dipping sauces is a superb choice, especially when paired with one of the many delicious, sharable side dishes. Regardless of whether you go surf or turf, you will have an incredible meal at The Capital Grille. If you saved room for dessert, head over to Sweet Paris Crêperie and Café for a sweet treat and a cup of coffee. On a mission to revive the art of eating crepes, Allison and Ivan Chavez opened this shop to showcase artistic cooking with high quality ingredients. Offering crepes from sweet to savory, there’s something here

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PUBLIC NEWS DINING GUIDE Public News is going through this directory to make sure our readers have the most accurate and up-to-date information on locally owned and operated restaurants. The strength of our local economy depends on supporting local merchants such as these.

CONROE 105 Cafe 3010 W Davis St (936) 539-3447 Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant 1208 S Frazier St (936) 441-9110 Asian Bbq & Grill 604 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-3995

Asian Fusion Noodle Bowl 3301 W Davis St (936) 828-3469 Baytown Seafood Restauranta 1400 N Frazier St (936) 494-2246 Burger Boy 217 E Davis St (936) 756-3440 Burger Fresh 804 Gladstell Rd # 110 (936) 756-4414 Carmelita’s Restaurant 109 W Davis St (936) 539-3323 Chelsea’s Tea Room 202 N Main St (936) 539-2993 Chiller Bee Frozen Yogurt 2820 Interstate 45 N (936) 756-2337 China Buffet 226 S Loop 336 W (936) 788-2888 China Delight 1108 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-8686 Clint’s Kuntry Katfish Catering 5855 W Davis St (936) 760-2737 Corner Pub Delia 302 N Main St (936) 788-2390 Culver’s 1426 N Loop 336 W (936) 788-5959 East Buffet 2104 N Frazier St (936) 760-1007 El Bosque 1420 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-3823

El Kiosko Taqueira 116 S Frazier St (936) 539-6794 El Oro 225 S Main St (936) 756-4315 El Rincon 705 Everett St (936) 756-5522 El Tucan Refresqueria 516 Mill Ave (936) 539-6492 Frutilandia 525 S Frazier St (936) 441-3045 Gallery Off The Square 202 N Main St (936) 539-2993 Garden Cafe 1406 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-9663 George’s Bar & Grill 2031 Plantation Dr (936) 788-8222 Hibacha Grill & Super Buffet 2020 Interstate 45 N (936) 788-9999 Honey Bee Ham & Deli 1418 N Loop 336 W # I (936) 760-3354 Hunan Village Restaurant 1402 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-6811 I Love Sweets 1 Devonshire Dr (936) 539-4742 Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 201 N Frazier St (936) 756-2344 Joe’s Pizza & Pasta 1604 N Frazier St (936) 760-9002

LA Mariposa 1111 W Dallas St (936) 756-1222 LA Mexicana Restaurant 221 Mill Ave (936) 539-6791 LA Palapa 402 E Davis St (936) 756-8408 LA Palma Taco 309 W Avenue G (936) 539-6792 Los Altos De Jalisco 1108 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-2233 Los Carnales Taqueria 1121 N 1st St (936) 718-0874 Main Street Cafe a 330 N Main St (936) 756-8885 Mama Juanita’s Mexican 1118 League Line Rd (936) 856-9012 Margarita & Peppers 2259 N Loop 336 W (936) 788-1408 Margarita’s Mexican 1027 N Loop 336 W (936) 647-3880 Maverick Saloon 2017 N Frazier St # E2 (936) 539-9300 Mckenzie’s Bbq & Burgers 1501 N Frazier St (936) 756-3131 Meztizos Restaurant & Bar 721 W Davis St (936) 760-3220 Mollys Pub Conroe 901 N Loop 336 W (936) 441-6167

New Conroe Japanese House 2107 W Davis St (936) 756-6866 Ostioneria Caminos 400 S Frazier St (936) 760-3803 Pie In The Sky Pie Co 3600 N Loop 336 W (936) 760-3301 Pincho Rico Grill 2017 N Frazier St (936) 756-3077 Pit Stop 4203 Old Highway 105 (936) 539-9274 Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton St (936) 539-2000 River Plantation Grille 550 Country Club Dr (936) 271-1083 Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi 2107 W Davis St # A (936) 756-6886 Smokey Mo’s 2960 Interstate 45 N (936) 441-2323 Star Cinema Grill 2000 Interstate 45 N (936) 539-6088 Taqueria & Panaderia San Luis 402 E Davis St (936) 788-1199 Taqueria Guerrero 129 S Frazier St (936) 242-8176 Taqueria Jalisco 1108 N Loop 336 W # L (936) 756-2233 Taqueria Mexicana 2017 N Frazier St (936) 756-3150


Taqueria Sol De Mexico 820 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-9316 Tejas Mexican Restaurant 105 N 6th St (936) 756-6559 Thirsty’s 192 Fm 3083 Rd (936) 441-1050 Toasted Yolk Cafe 2129 W Davis St (936) 828-3944 Tortilleria LA Buena Bida 1103 W Dallas St (936) 756-2133 Tortilleria LA Unica 808 N 1st St (936) 441-4477 Tri Mexican Restaurant 129 S Frazier St (936) 756-0626 Van Thong Chinese/Vietnamese 2114 W Davis St (936) 756-8762 Vernon’s Kuntry Bar-B-Que 5000 W Davis St (936) 539-3000 Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish 5901 Highway 105 W (936) 760-3386 Vero Italian Kitchen 1301 W Davis St (936) 441-0411 Villa Italia 603 N Thompson St (936) 539-5599 Weng’s Wok 1140 N Fm 3083 Rd W (936) 756-8888 Whistle Stop Cafe 11133 Interstate 45 S (936) 828-4652

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Sippin’ continued from page 17 for everyone. There’s a featured crepe every month which adds a seasonal twist to the regular menu. Of course anything with Nutella is a winner, but my favorite was definitely the Apple Cinnamon Crème Brulee. To wash down those delicious crepes, Sweet Paris has a large selection of coffees, lattes, beer, and wine. If you’re looking for something a little special try a mimosa or the Mayan hot chocolate. Whether you spend one day here or two, be sure to check out all the wonderful things CITYCENTRE Houston has to offer. Like them on Facebook or visit their website to find out about upcoming events such as the Doggy Party on the Plaza, the Spring Art Series, and

the Texas Hot Stuff Market Festival. Be sure to visit my favorite spots for the ideal getaway and enjoy your CITYCENTRE staycation. A special thanks to Hotel Sorella, Cyclone Anaya’s GM Santiago Galeana, Radio Milano GM Sharif Al-Amin and Barmaster Peter Clifton, The Capital Grille GM Chris Fannin and Executive Chef Jeffery Meyer, Sweet Paris Manager Stephan Raveneau, and Stuart Rosenberg from Studio Communications. For more of my liquid adventures, follow my blog at www.thedrunkendiva.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheDrunkenDiva.

PUBLIC NEWS DINING GUIDE Wild Ginger 3061 Interstate 45 N

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EVENTS SATURDAY APRIL 11th noon-2pm LASAGNA HOUSE III TUESDAY APRIL 14th 7pm-9pm BLACK GARLIC SATURDAY APRIL 18th 7pm-10pm WHITMEYER DISTILLERY catered by LE PAM’S HOUSE OF CREOLE SATURDAY APRIL 25th noon-2pm DON BIGOTES TACOS EL CARBON *all tasting events are pre-paid see Spring/Woodlands Foodie Tasting & Deals or Tomball/Vintage Park Foodie Tasting & Deals page on Facebook for details


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Baytown Seafood & Bar 7855 N Sam Houston (281) 441-5187 Beijing Wok Restaurant 21131 Aldine Westfield (281) 821-0367 Cactus Moon 1702 Wilson Rd (281) 446-2202 Cafe East Humble 260 1st St W (281) 548-0082 Catfish Cafe 7042 Fm 1960 Rd (281) 812-8055 Chez Nous French Restaurant 217 S Avenue G (281) 446-6717 Culver’s 5420 Atascocita Rd (281) 812-8600 El Jalapeno Mexican Cafe 5324 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 548-2230 El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant 24551 Loop 494 # 111 (281) 358-5660 Fiesta Azteca Restaurant 20669 W Lake Houston (281) 812-3002 Fish Place 5324 Atascocita Rd (281) 318-7096 Ginger Cafe 7548 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 812-8853 Goings Barbeque 20669 W Lake Houston (832) 644-9721 Got Wings 10920 Will Clayton Pwy (281) 441-9464 Grand Garden 5324 Atascocita (281) 812-5858 Granny’s Tamales Three 802 1st St E # 802 (281) 446-0363 Grimes Bakery 14618 Lee Rd (281) 441-9213 Happy Buddha Japanese Steak 9556 W Fm 1960 Rd (281) 446-3373 Hector’s Mexican Restaurants 3333 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 446-1803 Hin’s Garden 4582 Kingwood (281) 360-3388 Honey Bee Ham & Deli 9638 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-1222 Humble City Cafe 200 E Main St (281) 319-0200 Humble Ice 6902 Bender Rd (281) 441-3318 Italiano’s Restaurant 217 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-6111 Javaman Coffee 19131 Sprinters (281) 812-5726 Jitters Coffee 18445 W Lake Houston (281) 360-9589 Johnny’s Pizza House 20669 W Lake Houston (281) 570-4652 Kay’s Sandwich Shop 204 Charles St (281) 446-2662


LA Cabana Mexican Restaurant 3390 Fm 1960 Rd W (281) 209-1585 Las Ramadas Mexican Grill 18455 W Lk Houst Pkwy (281) 812-4900 Lavilla Mexican Restaurant 7920 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 441-7222 Lexey’s 7015 Manor Way (281) 548-7774 Lia’s Drive Inn 14010 Homestead (281) 441-2051 Lloyd’s Bar 111 N Avenue A (281) 446-5565 Los Vega Mexican Restaurant 3824 Atascocita Rd (281) 812-4567 Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant 5856 Fm 1960 (281) 852-6322 Mencius Gourmet Hunan 1379 Kingwood Dr (281) 359-8489 Mimi’s Tea Room LLC 8042 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 360-6464 Mo’s B-B-Q 8321 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 548-3777 N Zone 1005 1st St E (281) 348-9063 Nara Thai Dining 18455 W Lk Houst Pkwy (281) 812-0291 Noyola’s Mexican Restaurant 242 1st St W # B (281) 319-4912 Pizziola’s 8790 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-3260 Queso Bonito 1123 S Houston Ave (281) 446-0095 Rico’s Mexican Restaurant 1377 Kingwood Dr (281) 358-2637 Sarap Pinoy 19333 Highway 59 N (281) 446-5080 Sarpino’s Pizzeria 5326 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 548-7492 Savvas Greek Cuisine & Grill 6730 Atascocita Rd (281) 312-6358 Smoothies Ice Cream 20131 Highway 59 N (281) 446-2191 Taco Flores 4806 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 852-8338 Tai Li Chinese Restaurant 7948 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 852-9507 Tamales Atascocita 5105 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 812-0444 Texas Long Branch Saloon 314 Moonshine Hill Lp (281) 319-5400 Tin Roof BBQ 18918 Town Center (281) 852-5577 Titas Taco House 320 Wilson Rd (281) 446-4175 Top Hat Catering Co 1702 Wilson Rd (281) 446-8434 Trigg’s Catering 1414 1st St E (281) 540-2700 Trigg’s Humble Inn 1410 E Bus F M 1960 (281) 446-9484 Twin Oaks Tavern 211 E Main St # 4 (281) 359-8687

Wazabi Sushi Bar 8130 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 359-2555 Westco Breakfast House 5371 Atascocita Rd (281) 852-9065 Windy City Pizza 5377 Atascocita Rd (281) 812-2446

NORTH SPRING 3 B’s-Bill’s Burgers & Beera 466 Rayford Rd # 107 (281) 419-3553 Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant 3126 Sawdust Rd (281) 298-8032 Amerigo’s Grill 25250 Grogans Park Dr (281) 362-0808 Asia Buffet 355 Sawdust Rd (832) 585-0688 Beijing Chinese Restaurant 409 Sawdust Rd (281) 363-2308 Bombay Mahal a 202 Sawdust Rd (281) 465-8383 Cactus Jacks 343 Sawdust Rd (281) 419-3644 Casa Imperial Mexican a 387 Sawdust Rd # C (281) 298-8195 Crescent Moon Wine Bar a 440 Rayford Rd #115A (281) 364-9463 Cru Wine Bar 9595 Six Pines Dr (281) 465-9463 Greek Tony’s Pizza & Sub Shop a 432 Sawdust Rd (281) 292-4313 Hello Taco 25114 Grogans Mill (832) 819-4639 Hyderabad House 407 Sawdust Rd (281) 203-5020 KOBE Japanese Grill & Sushi 433 Sawdust Rd (281) 298-2000 Mario’s Mexican Restaurant 610 Rayford Rd # 650 (281) 367-9336 Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes 2115 Rayford Rd (832) 585-0300 Pallotta’s Mexican Grill 2211 Rayford Rd # 119 (281) 362-1114 Pit Master BBQ 842 Rayford Rd (281) 362-1111 Sitar Cuisine Of India a 25701 Interstate 45 (281) 364-0200 Spring Asian Cuisine 2907 Rayford Rd # 106 (281) 298-7798

SPRING Alicia’s Mexican Grille 20920 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 350-8383 Alma Latina Taqueria 25222 Aldine Westfield (281) 288-1767

Antojitos Quiche 25190 Interstate 45 (281) 651-5391 Arturo’s Taqueria 1402 1/2 Spring Cypress (281) 350-6808 Barracudas a 2616 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 288-5376 Bombshells 21005 I-45 N. (281) 288-2769 Brother’s Pizza Express 163 Cypresswood Dr (281) 288-1300 Budegon Del Sur 26506 Oak Ridge Dr (832) 813-8334 C J’s Hot Dogs 4660 Louetta Rd (832) 299-6079 Chef Chan’s Restaurant 17833 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 370-3884 Chicago Joe’s 18433 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 533-3000 Corkscrew Bbq 24930 Budde Rd (832) 592-1184 Country Time BBQ & Fixins 25330 Richards Rd (281) 298-7455 Datpho Vietnamese Noodle House 523 Louetta Rd (281) 528-8989 El Palenque Mexican 1485 Spring Cypress Rd (281) 3534055 Fiesta Acapulco 25770 Interstate 45 (281) 419-8666 Fukuda Sushi & Robata 25701 Interstate 45 (281) 419-8980 Golden China 25024 Interstate 45 (281) 363-2412 Golden Jade Chinese 1419 Spring Cypress (281) 350-5363 Gozzetti’s Pizzeria 8000 Mcbeth Way (832) 592-7750 Gratzi Italian Restaurant 6334 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 376-4800 Guadalajara Mexican Grille 27885 Interstate 45 (281) 362-0774 Hoi Yin Chinese Restaurant 200 Cypresswood Dr (281) 355-6800 Hong Kong Chinese 4334 Fm 2920 Rd # 10 (281) 528-9288 Hunan Garden Z 3930 Louetta Rd # I (281) 288-6288 I-45 Diner 19790 Interstate 45 (713) 389-5627 Italian Cafe 19620 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 528-2919 Jack Pot Pizza 6450 Louetta Rd (281) 257-0762 Juanita’s Mexican Grill 18525 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 379-3199 Kim Leng Chinese Restaurant 18430 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 355-0434

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Dining Guide continued from page 18 LA Cabana Mexican 4702 Louetta Rd (281) 907-7007 La Chef 5200 FM 2920 Ste 180 (832) 585-1840 Las Cascadas Mexican 250 Cypresswood Dr (281) 528-9921 Las Delicias Taqueria 5010 Louetta Rd (281) 374-0303 Le Pam’s House of Creole 1644 FM 1960 West (281) 444-1464 Los Generales Mexican 5407 Louetta Rd # F (281) 251-9390 Los Tres Ranchitos Restaurant 19620 Kuykendahl (281) 288-4304 Luly’s Mexican Kitchen 3307 Spring Stuebner (281) 907-0012 Main Moon Asian Bistro 2129 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 288-8868 Mama Juanita’s Mexican 3930 Louetta Rd (281) 288-3800 Mama Mia Italianas 30420 Fm 2978 (281) 419-7662 Mikey’s Pizza 6114 Root Rd (281) 251-5551 Ming Cafe 6052 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 257-4886 Nadia’s Mediterranean Grill 5921 Fm 2920 Rd # B (281) 907-7070 Nielsen’s Deli & Bakery 26830 Interstate 45 (281) 363-3354 Orient Express 4660 Louetta Rd # 180 (281) 288-5290 Pavarotti Italian Restaurant 4660 Louetta Rd # 130 (281) 350-9749 Pizza Tonight 27190 Glen Loch Dr (281) 465-4774 Pizza Zone 17711 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 257-3100 Pollos Asados El Regio 25602 Interstate 45 (281) 292-4377 Shogun 5941 Fm 2920 Rd # H (281) 288-0996 Sicily Pizza & Pasta 4890 Louetta Rd (281) 288-8004 Sreenath Murph’s Deli 20400 Interstate 45 N (281) 296-5303 Tabasco’s Mexican Grill 4334 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 288-0125 Taco Crave a 5200 FM 2920 #120 (281) 288-0940 Taipei China Bistro 25807 Interstate 45 (281) 363-9188 Taqueria Arandas 36 Inc 25598 Interstate 45 # A (281) 419-3582 Taqueria Los Petates 25602 Interstate 45 (281) 362-9333 Taqueria Rodeo De Jalisco 19411 Kuykendahl (281) 251-3186 Taquma Japanese Grill 5200 Louetta Rd (281) 251-6338 Thomas Bar B-Q 25312 Interstate 45 (281) 364-1177 Tommy Wok 18363 Kuykendahl (281) 251-9190 Wacky Mongolian Grill 21212 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 288-3232 Wunsche Brothers Cafe 103 Midway St (281) 350-1902 Zum Barrel 13101 Kuykendahl (832) 446-3390

TOMBALL B J’s Pizza 24419 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 516-1770 Casa Amas Mexican 30522 State Hiway 249 (281) 255-8684 CC’s Cafe 1231 Alma St (281) 357-8025 Chang Gourmet Chinese 28575 State Hiway 249 (281) 255-9818 Chick N Fish House Of Tenders 32350 State Hiway 249 (281) 789-4193 Chinese Wok 1017 Louetta Rd (832) 717-7400 Ciscos Salsa Co 209 Commerce St (281) 351-7572 Ciudad Latina Grill & Market 32360 State Hiway249 (832) 521-3898 Cobi Ice Cream 11246 Timber Tech Ave (281) 516-1311 Cornerstone TX 990 Village Square (832) 422-1370 Country Bumpkins 18929 Telge Rd (281) 290-6512 Country Gardens 36102 Fm 149 Rd (281) 252-4443 Da Vinci’s Gallery & Expresso 315 W Main St (281) 516-9595 Deshazer Ranch 19600 Stone Lake Dr (281) 290-9585 Dragon Inn Restaurant 30006 State Hiway 249 (281) 351-9178

Dumas’s Taco Co 25435 Fm 2978 Rd (281) 255-9444 Egg & I 14051 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 516-9100 El Charro Grill 24914 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 516-2134 El Taco Madres 16918 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 351-8226 Ella’s Garden 1415 Ulrich Rd (281) 290-0998 Fang’s Cafe 24914 Kuykendahl (281) 516-0850 Fina’s Taco Factory 22526 Hufsmith Kohrville (832) 698-2395 Frey’s Backyard Cafe 14441 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 255-8282 Gianna Italian Kitchen 28301 State Hiway 249 (281) 290-6676 Golden Pagoda Chinese Rstrnt 908 W Main St (281) 351-8130 Goodson’s Cafe 27931 State Hiway 249 (281) 351-1749 Gumbeaux’s 9111 Hufsmith Kuykendahl (281) 323-8494 Harris County Smokehouse 14239 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 351-4060 Hugo’s Italian Grill & Pzzr 23110 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 257-9720 Hunan Inn Asian Bistro 11407 Spring Cypress (281) 251-8388 Israel Tinda Y Panaderla 17719 Kuykendahl (832) 559-3696 Jax B F S Tomball 32350 State Hiway 249 (281) 259-6569 Julio’s 19235 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 255-8818 LA Tranquila Ranch 9418 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 576-8882 LNT Family Dining Cafe 18535 Fm 1488 (281) 252-8357 Longhorn Builders 21931 Kobs Rd (281) 357-1465 Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant 28048 State Hiway 249 (281) 351-9677 Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant 1231 Alma St # A (281) 255-2636 Los Toros Mexican Grill 701 E Main St # 140 (281) 255-2526 Los Tres Ranchitos Mexican 16143 N Eldridge Pkwy (281) 826-0333 Luie’s Smokehouse 17323 Pikes Peek Ct (832) 868-3643 Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant 24814 Kuykendahl (281) 516-3015 Marco’s Pizza 16949 N Eldridge (281) 251-3334 Mel’s Country Cafe 24814 Stanolind Rd (281) 255-6357 Mexican Kitchen 16949 N Eldridge Pkwy (281) 251-5115 My Pizza 32360 State Hiway 249 (281) 259-2458 Nate’s Place 22526 Hufsmith Kohrville (832) 843-7977 Nona’s Italian Grill 1025 Alma St # E (281) 255-6088 Nonnie’s Soda Fountain 102 Market St (281) 516-1942 Nook Restaurant 1218 W Main St (281) 255-8406 Original Rib Tickler 28930 State Hiway 249 (281) 255-8119 Patsy’s 425 W Main St (281) 290-9664 Submarina 11022 Spring Cypress (281) 257-4432 Susie’s Tearoom 309 Market St # A (281) 516-4521 Tail Gate Grill 22008 Main Blvd (281) 255-9353 Taqeria Acapulco 32015 State Hiway 249 (281) 356-5885 Taste Of Asia 27910 State Hiway 249 (281) 516-0838 Tomball Bar-B-Q Co 30042 State Hiway 249 (281) 351-0929 Tomball Taqueria Restaurant 27941 State Hiway 249 (281) 516-7366 Whistle Stop 107 Commerce St (281) 255-2455 Whistle Stop Tea Room 104 N Elm St (832) 843-7437

WATERWAY Burger Fi 1501 Lake Robbins Dr (713) 389-5823 Goose’s Acrea 21 Waterway Ave (281) 466-1502 Grimaldi’s Pizzeriaa 20 Waterway Ct (281) 465-3500

Hubbell & Hudson 24 Waterway Ave # 125 (281) 203-5641 LA Lupita Mexican Cuisine 29 Waterway Ave (832) 510-2111 Luca & Leonardoa 20 Waterway Ave (832) 510-2110 Refuge Bar & Bistro 24 Waterway Ave (713) 389-5674 Towncenter Burger 20 Waterway Ave (281) 292-6385 Yucatan Taco Stand & Tequila 24 Water Way (281) 419-6300/1144

WILLIS El Buen Taco 606 S Danville St (936) 856-3597 El Tapatio 509 Highway 75 N (936) 856-6202 Leroy’s Bar-B-Q & Burgers 707 W Montgomery (936) 856-5232 Los Molcajetes Tex Mex 106 N Danville St (936) 856-9977 Olde Towne Willis Cafe 509 Highway 75 N (936) 890-0609 Original Super Burger 201 N Danville St (936) 856-8098 Pizza Shack 115 W Montgomery (936) 856-9780 Rico’s Mexican Grill 12501 Canyon Falls Blvd (936) 856-6200 Smokey Mo’s 507 S Danville St (936) 856-5581 Sweatpeas Cooking 506 Highway 75 N (936) 333-3439 Taqueria Las Moras 106 W Montgomery (936) 890-4148 Yummy Yummy Mongolian Grill 12709 Interstate 45 N (936) 890-8855 Zach’s Bbq 200 E Powell St (936) 890-6969

THE WOODLANDS Alameda Juice 9595 Six Pines Dr (281) 681-1167 Benihana 1720 Lake Woodlands (281) 292-0061 Berryhill Baja Grill 9595 Six Pines Dr # 250 (281) 298-8226 Black Walnut Cafe 2520 Research Forest (281) 362-1678 BRIO Tuscan Grille 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 465-8993 Brothers Pizza 2260 Buckthorne Pl (281) 298-9299 Brothers Pizza Express 6700 Woodlands Pkwy (281) 419-8550 Cajun Grilla 1201 Lake Woodlands (832) 585-0883 Charley’s Grilled Subs 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 465-4333 Chef Chan’s Restaurant 7 Switchbud Pl (281) 363-0037 China Bridge 7901 Research Forest (281) 419-9888 China Springs 6777 Woodlands Pkwy (281) 419-9961 Crust Pizza Co 4775 W Panther Creek (281) 298-8844 Crust Pizza Co 8000 Research Forest (832) 585-0999 Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet 1640 Lake Woodlands (281) 363-0200 Double Dave’s Pizza 6777 Woodlands Pkwy (281) 419-3282 Frullati Cafe 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 296-6657 Great Wraps 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 298-0223 Green’s International 8000 Research Forest (281) 419-7787 Grotto Ristorante 9595 Six Pines Dr # 100 (281) 419-4252 Honey-B-Ham & Deli 4747 Research Forest (281) 364-9200 Jasper’s Woodlands 9595 Six Pines (281) 298-6600 LA Trattoria Tuscano 4223 Research Forest (281) 419-2252 Los Cucos Mexican Cafe 4775 W Panther Creek (281) 296-2303 Mama J’s BBQ & Grill 26710 Oak Ridge Dr I-45 (936) 273-9444 Mariachi’s Mexican Bar & Grill 6777 Woodlands Pkwy (281) 292-2222 Masa’s Sushi & Robata Bar 4775 W Panther Creek (281) 298-5688 Mi Cocina 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 298-6426 Pit Master BBQ 343 Sawdust Rd (281) 419-3644 Pizza By Marco 9595 Six Pines Dr (281) 298-8794 Potbelly Sandwich Works 9595 Six Pines Dr (281) 292-6652 Ristorante Tuscany 1601 Lake Robbins (281) 367-9797 Rico’s Grill 4747 Research Forest (281) 367-7382 Rico’s Mexican Restaurant 8000 Research Forest (281) 465-4820 Romano’s Macaroni Grill 1155 Lake Woodlands (281) 367-3773 Sakekawa Japanese Restaurant 6777 Woodlands Pkwy (281) 419-5988 Sakekawa Japanese Sushi-Steak 4221 Research Forest (281) 298-9188 Santaplus 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 292-0868 Shanghai Bistro 38 Highland Cir (281) 298-9998 Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill 4747 Research Forest (281) 364-1094 Taco USA 7 Switchbud Pl (281) 292-8226 Tsukiji Sushi 24 Waterway Ave # 100 (281) 298-1888 UNI Sushi 9595 Six Pines # 860 (281) 298-7177 Via Emilia Italian Restaurant 10700 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 465-9555 Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen 1201 Lake Woodlands (281) 419-5060




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DRUMMER WANTED Houston Doom band “Well Of Souls” Auditioning for a permanent drummer to perform live in concert as well as write and create new music for future releases. Must be a solid professional drummer who plays for the love of music and not for money. Contact John Calvin at wos_1997@yahoo.com or Tim Wayne at twp1313@gmail.com ____________________ LOOKING FOR A DRUMMER Must own your own kit, have one year experience, have your own vehicle, live in North Houston and we prefer that you are 19 to 24 years old. Contact Bernardo at 832-655-5270 or Scott at 832-524-2206 ____________________ ROCKING ALONE AT HOME? SO AM I. New to Houston, looking for other musicians to jam with. Love heavy metal, especially power metal, progressive metal and classic stuff from the 70’s and 80’s.

I play guitar and keyboards and play a little bass and drums. If interested contact Jacob Butcher at jabutcher128@gmail.com or call 410-562-4978 ____________________ I TRANSCRIBE I write down on sheet music, your own songs! Call Luis 713-392-5354 ____________________ DEDICATED DRUMMER WANTED Rock project starting up. I am a singer/guitarist and I have a dedicated bass player and singer. We have a lot of stage experience and are interested in gigging, recording, etc. No egos, no bullshit. Call Rob at 832-717-4129 ____________________ VOCALIST BASS PLAYER NEEDED Rock n’ Roll trio playing Elvis to Creedence. Spring area rehearsals. Pro Level only please. Call Paul 832-654-0860 ____________________ KEYBOARD PLAYER Looking for Jazz or Blues oriented group. Call me 713-305-6876 ____________________ NOW HIRING MUSIC TEACHERS Lessons taught in student’s home in The Woodlands & Spring, Texas. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cella plus Voice. Call 281-401-9580 or apply at Lessonsonthego. com

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