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I guess the 2014 elections spooked ‘em. You probably heard the news by now that those fun loving, time wasting, policy screwing politicians of both stripes decided that, in light of what almost happened in 2014, it was time to put together a bill (a new law, if passed), that will make it darn near impossible for a third party to break the ranks of the political class in Texas. Texas! Did you hear that? The two major parties in Texas (those lovable, logically deaf Democrats and those emotionally unavailable Republicans in power) want to make sure that the other three parties don’t break through to the law-making table in Austin. If how the Republican Party treated the Tea Party is an indication, these three are in Ken Petty for the ride of their life. The Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and the Green Party have been served warning papers. House Bill 464 is designed to punish those political parties who do not play by the rules of the establishment. The law basically says, “We, the established parties, are going to make it really, really, really, near impossible for any challenge to our little political setup. So, get used to it” Now, I am a huge believer in third parties. The Republican party was a third party in 1854. How quickly they forget. The Whig party, the party that put four U.S. Presidents, was a third party. Jesse Ventura, love him or loathe him, was a third party Governor in Minnesota. Third parties are vital to
the political process. So what’s gotten up the skirts of the other two major parties? The Libertarians, that’s who. Could it be that Libertarians were up and down the ballot, spoiling those candidates that were running unopposed? You betcha! Could it be that the Libertarian Party had a heck of a year, winning over 140% more votes in 2014 than in 2012, while the Elephants and Donkeys were watching their numbers erode? I’d be making bricks in my trousers if those numbers were pointing toward the back door for me in 2016. So... instead of putting border security, sound money, lower taxes, and other important life altering laws into place, the Democrats and Republicans thought that putting their own job security in the front of the line was more important. It’s telling, isn’t it? Who’s afraid of the big bad citizenry? They are, and they know that we know it. What is the call to action? You need to hold your state senators and representatives accountable. This is bad policy to have one set of rules for the establishment and another for those set to challenge. I’ve taken the time to reach out to my direct representative, Debbie Riddle, asking her why this bill is being pushed through. She politely, through her office, refused comment, as did several other Republican representatives in Montgomery County as well as a healthy hand full of Democrat compatriots in Harris County. These same establishment folks are the ones who keep good men (and women) from doing good in the first place. Craig McMichael, Rand Paul, Scott Walker are in parties that do not treat them well, at all. The Democrats have all but run off all their good men (and women). All we have left are a set of career politicians. The good Lord help us all.
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HOUSTON — Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the family favorite production of The Music Man featuring an unforgettable cast! The show runs May 5-17 at The Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall. Described “as American as apple pie” by the New York Times, The Music Man is the great American classic that tells the story of fasttalking, musical instruments salesman, Harold Hill, who cons the good folks of River City, Iowa, into believing that he can teach their children to play in a marching band despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Before the fraudulent teacher can skip town with the loot, Harold’s got trouble when he falls for the quick-witted, not to mention beautiful, small town librarian, Marian. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a familyfriendly story to be shared with every generation. Come one, come all to reminisce or to discover the “Seventy-Six Trombones” and many other timeless songs from this piece of musical Americana. TUTS’ production of The Music Man stars Anthony Crane as the infamous Harold Hill, Sara Jean Ford as the beautiful librarian Marian Paroo, Dylan Godwin as Marcellus Washburn, Kevin Cooney as Mayor George Shinn, Chesley Ann Santoro as Eulalie Shinn, Mary VanArsdel as Mrs. Paroo, HSMT student Christopher Wolff as Winthrop Paroo, Peter Chursin as Tommy Djilas, HSMT student Annie Shouse as Amaryllis, Kristen Paulicelli as Zaneeta Shinn, HSMT student Savannah May as Gracie Shinn, Joseph Torello as Olin Brit, Charles Swan as Oliver Hix, Thom Culcasi as Ewart Dunlop, Phil Gold as Jacey Squires, Brooke Wilson as Ethel Toffelmier, Liz Curtin as Alma Hix, Theresa Nelson as Maud Dunlop, Paul Hope as Constable Locke/ Ensemble, Susan Shofner as Mrs. Squires and Dink O’Neal as Charlie Cowell. Adult Ensemble members include Courtney Chilton, Roger DeWitt, Luke Hamilton, Laura Henning, Kinsland Howell, Mark Ivy, Jessica Janes, Logan Keslar, Patrick Matzig, Molly Mustonen, Dennis O’Bannion, Kathryn Porterfield, Joseph Redd, Mark C. Reis, Michelle
Seipel, Christina Stroup, Lucas Thompson, Holland Vavra, Paige Wheat and Jessica Wockenfuss. Student Ensemble members from TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) include Erin Cearlock, Lauren Dodds, Promise Facciponte, Nicole Fish, Scott Fonseka, Leo Gossett, Sarah Hill, Anneliese Kelly, Sarah Klein, Dylan Lambert, Kelly Lomonte, Alexa Magro, McKenna Marmolejo, Miles Marmolejo, Lauren McDonald, Carlie Sachs, Noah Smith, Hope Vanderburg and Mia-Margaret Wissinger. Leading the creative team is director Bruce Lumpkin and assistant director Marley Wisnoski. Joining them is choreographer Michelle Gaudette, musical director and conductor Jeff Rizzo, sound designer Kit Bond and lighting designer Richard Winkler. TUTS will offer special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience: The Music Man Sundance Film Screening – Monday, April 27 at 7 PM OUT@TUTS post-show cast party: Thursday, May 7 Tickets are available: Online at TUTS.com Phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882 In person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, (800 Bagby), Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Special offers are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. TUTS’ production of The Music Man is made possible by the generosity of Apache Corporation, Haynes and Boone and Enbridge. TUTS’ 2014/15 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.
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SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOURTH GRADERS DECLARE WAR ON CANCER, SERVING LEMONADE FOR DONATIONS AND RAISING MORE THAN $2,000 FOR ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION THAT HELPS FUND CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH ONE CUP AT A TIME. EVERY $50 RAISED, FUNDS AN HOUR OF CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH.
SACRED HEART FOURTH GRADERS DECLARE WAR ON CANCER RAISE MONEY FOR ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND CONROE - Not only have the Sacred Heart Catholic School fourth graders declared war on cancer, they have raised more than $2,000 in two days to help fight a battle this year for one of their own. Sacred Heart alumni, Eva Clouse, was diagnosed in January with cancer, and this year’s third annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand has been dedicated to her and the funds raised will be donated in honor of Eva Clouse to the National Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Sacred Heart began its’ Alex’s Lemonade Stand tradition three years ago to support the national ALSF after reading The Lemonade War book in language arts and researching how they could help empower children and make a difference through fundraising and service projects in the local community. According to Fourth Grade Teacher, Brenda Schafer, it has become a “rite of passage” for the fourth grade students at Sacred Heart to participate in this tradition that has been embraced by the local community and church parish. “Each year, the students get more excited because they know it’s their turn to help and prepare the Lemonade Stand and raise funds to help support childhood cancer research,” said Schafer. “They have not only stepped up to honor a fellow student and her family, but have done so with so much pride and true kindness for all children who are fighting this battle.” The national ALSF began when Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, after her first birthday. When she was four and bravely fighting for her own life, she told her parents she wanted to set up a frontyard lemonade stand and raise money to give to doctors to help them find a cure for all childhood cancer. Her first “Alex’s Lem-
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onade Stand” began a tradition that would spread across American and give hope to those fighting for a cure. As news spread and after Alex passed away in 2005, her parents founded Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to continue sharing Alex’s vision and to help raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes and primarily research into new treatments and cures. Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000, the AFLS foundation and children across America have raised more than $100 million to help fund more than 475 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer. For more information, please visit www. alexslemonade.org. “We could not be more proud of our students and their determination to help make a difference,” added Principal Deb Brown. “Unfortunately, too many families are affected by cancer each year and we are honored to be part of such a truly unique organization that thrives from empowering children supporting each other while making a real impact on cancer research and the programs made available through Alex’s Lemonade Stand.” Founded in 1958, Sacred Heart Catholic School is an Accredited School in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and is dedicated to educating the heart, mind and spirit. Serving Montgomery County, Sacred Heart is also accredited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Association of Colleges and School Council promoting academic excellence and fostering life-long learning while providing a loving and supportive environment for Pre-K through eighth grade.
Actor and Actress, as well as Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Other memorable acts included performances from nominees in the Best Musical category, musical medleys with each of this year’s Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress nominees and a grand finale including two students from each participating school. Co-hosts for the awards ceremony included 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 book, “Stars In Your Eyes”. Presenters for the evening included Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Managing Director Cissy Segall Davis, PBS and Houston Public Media’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 ChairpersonElect Amy Pierce. Guests also enjoyed 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.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
THEATRE UNDER THE STARS ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL TOMMY TUNE AWARDS! HOUSTON – The 2015 Tommy Tune Awards winners have been announced! To a crowd of over 2,600 people, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) declared the winners of the 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards on April 21 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. “The Tommy Tune Awards are such a special part of TUTS. The talent these students possess is truly incredible, and I am so proud that this organization gives them the opportunity to display their great work,” said John Breckenridge, TUTS President and CEO. Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers. After evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2014-15 school year, a team of 30 Houston-based theatre professionals made 164 nominations in 15 award categories. The winners are as follows: Best Musical – Kinkaid School – A Chorus Line Best Leading Actor – Alec Michael Ryan as Lawrence in Klein Oak’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Best Leading Actress – Audrey McKee as Mary Poppins in Friendswood’s Mary Poppins Best Supporting Actor – Harrison Poe as Paul in Kinkaid School’s A Chorus Line Best Supporting Actress – Muna Uzodike/ Natalie Holley/Celeste Terni as The Ron-
nettes in The John Cooper School’s Little Shop of Horrors Best Featured Performer – Raheem Maughn as Enjolras in Klein’s Les Miserables School Edition Best Direction – Stratford High – Bye Bye Birdie Best Musical Direction – Klein – Les Miserables School Edition Best Choreography – Kinkaid School – A Chorus Line Best Orchestra – Friendswood – Mary Poppins Best Ensemble/Chorus – Kinkaid School – A Chorus Line Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution – Houston Christian – Pippin Best Scenic Design – Klein – Les Miserables School Edition Best Costume Design – Houston Christian – Pippin Best Lighting Design – Klein – Les Miserables School Edition Scholarship Recipients TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are designed not only to acknowledge remarkable musi-
cal theatre talent at the high school level, but also to encourage future artistic development. TUTS presented eight scholarships to outstanding participating students of the Tommy Tune Awards, including the Ruth Denney Scholarship named in honor of Tune’s mentor and legendary Lamar High School drama teacher. 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 winners included Ryan Dumas (The Woodlands High School), Marcus Lonardo (Pearland High School), Stephen Louis (Clear Springs High School), Danielle Pike (Kingwood High School), Elizabeth Ramsey (Second Baptist School), Rebekah Stanley (Cypress Ranch High School), and Katarina Yanko (The Woodlands College Park High School). The prestigious Ruth Denny Scholarship, which carries an increased stipend, was presented to Kyle Legacion (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts). Awards Show In addition to the Tony Awards-style ceremony, the evening featured many noteworthy performances. The awards ceremony’s namesake and nine-time Tony Award winner, Tommy Tune, kicked off the show with an arrangement of “Fascinating Rhythm/I Got Rhythm” that he recently performed in the production of Lady, Be Good for Encores! in New York. This performance was styled by the Tommy Tune Awards’ musical director, Michael Moricz. Mr. Tune was joined onstage by all of the nominees for Best Leading
Jimmy™ Awards As Best Leading Actor and Actress, Alec Michael Ryan and Audrey McKee will go on to compete at the national level for the JimmyTM Award at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City on June 29. Established in 2009, the JimmyTM Awards bring the country’s best high school performers together to compete on Broadway and are named after Broadway theatre owner and producer, James M. Nederlander. While in New York, Jimmy™ Award participants will have the opportunity to participate in rehearsals and master classes, receive oneon-one coaching from theatre 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™ Award 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. Sponsors for the 2015 Tommy Tune Awards include The Brown Foundation, Inc., Marsha and David Taylor and the Vivian L. Smith Foundation.
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Steampunk Express: Cogs, Leather, Lace and Steam Friday & Saturday April 24/25, 2015 Palestine Depot in Palestine Texas The festival will take place from 9am to 6pm on the grounds at the Palestine Depot. It will feature booths and a food vendor. Dance Your Dreams Dancers from Palestine will perform at 11am. Steampunk author Ben Hamby will be on hand all day to sign copies of his books. At 4pm, the Steampunk costume contest will begin. The judges chosen for this event bring different specialties to the contest with expertise in the mechanical age of steam, photography, costuming, the Steampunk culture, and story-telling. And, as any costuming expert knows, good costumes tell a story all on their own. Saturday evening features two very special performances. The first begins at 9:30pm. Carnival Epsilon, a steampunk-themed circus from Tulsa, Oklahoma will perform. They will be followed at 11pm by Darwin Prophet and the Chronus Mirror, a steampunk band from Plano, Texas. Tickets for the festival are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 2-12. Tickets for the evening performances are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased on site. Ticket prices vary for the Wine Tasting and Photo Train, High Tea, Whiskey Tasting, Victorian Dinner Train, Absinthe Tasting and Victorian Brunch Train. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call 903-683-3098 or book online at: https://www.texasstaterr.com/ steampunk-express.php TOMBALL’S RAILS & TAILS MUDBUG FESTIVAL SAT. & SUN., MAY 2-3, 2015 11am-6pm HISTORIC TOMBALL DEPOT The smell of crawfish boiling in the pot will fill the air along with classic rock, country, funk and
traditional Cajun tunes when the City of Tomball hosts the 4th Annual Rails and Tails Mudbug at the historic Depot on May 2th and 3th from 11 AM 6:30 PM. Chow down on a variety crawfish specialties and alligator from the French Quarter Grill while listening to tunes from groups such as The Fab 5 and Waylon Thibodeaux – the Louisiana Rockin’ Fiddler! Saturday – The Grateful Geezers takes to the stage at noon, Cajun rockers – Bayou Roux is up around 2 PM and Waylon Thibodeaux closes out the day around 4:30. Sunday – It’s the Texas Island’s sound of Kelly McGuire performing at noon, The Allen Oldies Band at 2 PM, and mop-top faves, The Fab 5 at 4 PM performing the best of the British Invasion. Festivals foods will be provided by The French Quarter Grill and other food vendors, with Texas and Louisiana craft brews from Cisco’s Salsa Company. There will be loads of activities for the kids in the Kids Play Zone, free pony rides, craft vendors, games and more from 11 AM to 6:30 PM both days. Challengers can compete in a boudin ball eating contest on Saturday May 2nd. Registration will be on-site the day of the event. Then on Sunday, May 3rd is the first ever “Roux Run at Depot Downs” crawfish racing on the 4x4 race course. Pick your favorites and root them on! Tomball’s locomotive drivin’ mascot, Rusty Rails will be on-hand, and the Depot will be open for tours with Station Agent Ken Walden. Admission and parking are free! Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blankets for grass seating. Coolers are welcomed, but outside alcohol is not permitted on the festival grounds. Tomball, Texas is just minutes northwest of downtown Houston on FM 2920, yet so out in the country. For information about festivals, shopping, eats, lodging and directions, please visit www.tomballtx.gov or call 281-351-5484. “Like” Tomball, Texas on Facebook for daily updates on events, live
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FUN & FITNESS 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 TUTS’ Behind The Mask Gala Benefitting TUTS’ Education and Community 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
EVENT CALENDAR continued Continued from page 8 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. The Gum Ball 2015 May 15th 8pm-midnight Fresh Arts 115 Hyde Park Blvd. Envision gumdrop mountains, peppermint forests, and an ice cream sea. No, this is not a sugarinduced hallucination, but the return of one of the art scene’s favorite shindigs-the Fresh Arts Annual Gala! This year’s theme is candy coated and dipped in chocolate! That’s right, ladies and gentleman: We are throwing The Gum Ball and partying in the outlandish fashions of the original Candy Man himself! On friday, May 15th from 8pm - 12am, 115 Hyde Park Blvd will transform into the legendary Willy Wonka chocolate factory to celebrate Fresh Arts’ impact on Houston’s art community. So are you ready for your tour? Featuring: Sweet sounds from Houston’s hottest DJs A Fistful of Soul A tantalizing burlesque performance by Tifa Tittlywinks and Emma D’Lemma of Dem Damn Dames A synesthetic interactive carnival experience with avant garde opera singer and performance artist Amanda Gregory Please join event chairs Christine Noel Goins + Josh Pazda, Lea McKinney + Haig Tcholakian, Jeff Shell, Claudia Solis + Matthew Wettergreen in honoring acclaimed artist and gallerist Sharon Gus Kopriva and artist/community champion Chris Silkwood at our fizz-filled fete. In true Fresh Arts’ fashion, it will be an all-out blow-out complete with live entertainment, an art auction, off-the-wall costumes, drinks, dancing, delights, chocolate rivers, and (of course) OompaLoompas! Come as you favorite treat, celebrities you’re sweet on, psychedelic 60’s/70’s icons or any of the long list of zany, Wonka-inspired misfits. You can’t go wrong for a night of shimmying on a sugar and bubble-filled dance floor! Save May 15th for The Gum Ball and support Fresh Arts: an organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston’s arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public’s engagement with the arts. BJ Thomas Sat., June 20, 2015 7pm Crighton Theatre Sharity Productions in Association with John Wiesner Automotive is pleased to announce that they will be producing and presenting the Stars Over Texas Concerts with Grammy Award Winner and Recording Superstar BJ Thomas in concert with eighteen members of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 3015 at the Historic Crighton Theatre in Downtown Conroe, Texas. It will be a
very special Symphonic Production of great BJ Thomas Award Winning Songs and Music. A fun-filled night of great entertainment. BJ Thomas is a true American Institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations. He has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Sceptor Records. The singer is a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold over 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 Most Played Artist of the past 50 years. The legendary entertainer will be live on stage to perform, with members of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, some of his greatest hits like, “Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head”, “Whatever Happened to Old Fashion Love”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Hooked on a Feeling”, “New Looks From An Old Lover”, “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”, and more, which made this legendary artist a recording superstar. For Show Tickets Call (936) 441-SHOW (7469) or go online to www.crightontheatre.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This should be a sold out performance, and we encourage everyone to get their show tickets as early as possible.
EDUCATION 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.
ARTS 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 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 Headshot & CV (For performing artists ) Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6pm-8pm Fresh Arts Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, 77007 Are you geared up for this tax season? Unsure how to file your hard-earned creative labor? Organizing and preparing your financial data as an artist can be difficult to navigate. Let Fresh Arts and Kathy Ploch help guide you on a road to financial stability and tax mastery! For more info visit: https://www.fresharts.org/ events/workshop-your-best-headshot-cv
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. -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 1pm3:30pm 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 email@example.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 class-based 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 paintings 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.
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EVENT CALENDAR continued continued from page 9 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. 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.
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GAMING Beginner HeroClix Sundays at 4:30pm 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 beginners or casual players HeroClix Tournament Night Mondays at 7pm 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 more experienced players, and competitive players
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.
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
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.
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
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
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Pokemon League Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, Free and open to all. Learn to play, trade cards, have fun with friends and make new friends. Earn free League only Pokemon foil cards by playing 7 games (DS or card). On any given week we have 25-40 players aged from 6-40+ (yes we have moms and dads that play also :) World War Wednesday Wednesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444
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) 2928444 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 harness the wild power of powerful beasts and monsters to destroy your adversaries. Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels My Little Pony Collectable Card Game Thursdays All Day Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North Come learn how to play the My Little Pony collectible card game. Free event each week. 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) 2928444 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/ Warhammer Meetup Night
Fridays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 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 Hero Clix Saturdays 3pm – 5pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Come on out and learn how to play Hero Clix. We are an official HeroClix tournament site , so come and enjoy the fun. We have added a full line of Hero Clix items. Marval Dice Masters League Saturdays 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Learn how to play this exciting new game, which sold out all over the nation as soon as it was released. It is an inexpensive game to start , at around $15 for a starter and $1.00 for boosters. If you have ever played the dace game Quarriors, this will seem familiar to you, as it is created by the same company. Join us! Board Game Night Saturdays 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Bring your favorite board or card game. Meet up with friends or make new ones while you are here! Please only bring all ages appropriate games. Monopoly anyone? We want everybody to be able to participate. Magic Modern Tournament Saturdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 2928444 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/
SUPPORT GROUPS Free 2B Support Group Tuesdays, 6:45-8:30pm Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands FREE 2B is a faith-based codependency support group, where those facing relational difficulties can share their struggles and begin the process of restoring healthy balance in their lives. Free 2B is open to the public for individuals and couples 18 and older and is free to attend. For an information packet, email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO THE REPUBLIC
ARE ALL MY RIGHTS LEFT? by Bart Pearston
“Freedoms, like privileges, prevail or are imperiled together You cannot harm or strive to achieve one without harming or furthering all.” Jose Marti
percentage of informed voters is ideal,. but individuals’ right to choose to do, or not do, things the government recommends IS the very foundation of freedom.
You are probably either wondering what the title question means or who Jose Marti was, or both. Since Cuba has been all over the news lately when it comes to presidential politics, I thought the “George Washington of Cuban Independence” might be appropriate when talking about freedom. Marti died exactly 120 years ago and exactly 120 years after George Bart Pearston Washington committed to risk everything he owned in the name of American freedoms.
This week, I read several “hit pieces” on Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio because their parent(s) came from Cuba to escape the country’s loss of all individual freedoms under the dictatorship of Bautista and then Castro. I find that disappointing. Our President has unilaterally chosen to dismiss those developments. He further suggested making voting mandatory. Taking away citizens’ right is a BIG deal to me, maybe not to him on this issue. But does anyone honestly believe the reasons for this being: “it will reduce the cost of campaigns” or will “improve the amount of informed voters” he gave?
There is some debate as to whether the US continues to hold its global leading position of freedom and privilege. I ask myself, “How can the country founded on the concept of freedom and government by the people, of the people, and for the people (to quote Lincoln) no longer be the leader?” What happened to the shot heard round the world? It is done incrementally. Americans have duties like paying taxes, serving on juries, and in times of necessity, serving in the military that justify limited “freedom”. But when the government requires us to do things like purchase insurance or vote, we lose a freedom/right not to. Only a fool would argue that having insurance or voting are not good things. Obviously a high
There is also no arguing that voter apathy is increasing and participation has declined. The remedy for this is candidates who actually keep campaign promises and seen as trustworthy. Pundits are predicting Secretary of State Clinton will spend 2.5 Billion in the next 18 months primarily to overcome a majority of likely voters polled who see her as dishonest. Most of her “supporters” rationalize their support with the ultimately cynical “they all are liars’. It’s quite a depressing situation. In her “home state”, Mayor De Blasio and the NYC Council is debating directly violating the 14th amendment to allow non-citizens the “right to vote”. It makes me wonder how the eroding of the privilege of citizenship and the right to vote can be allowed. It appears that all those Constitutional amendment battles to gain voting rights from heroes like Washington here, and Marti in Cuba, up to the Suffragettes and on have lost their value. Not me.
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The Artist: Must communicate to the viewer Must be indifferent Must make their truth. No matter who is going to bother. And those that might bother might not bother now but might bother in thirty years. --- Marilyn Minter 12
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The Way of Coffee, Drinking in Art in Houston story and photos by Rosanne Friedman
“The Russian constructivists tried to create works that would make the viewer an active viewer of the artwork.” And here we are active viewers as James Turrell frames the sky on the Rice University Campus with his “Twilight Epiphany”. The Sky Space sculpture is meant to extend and enhance perception. As I take pictures of this wonderful structure paintings of Malevich cross my mind, he was the first that made paintings of white on white to find the essential of painting. Here we have, one hundred years later, a sculptor in Mr Turrell, that made a white steel frame to frame a white cloudy day. Every frame that I take, is pure space. June 2015 will be the third year anniversary of this experimental light and sound sculpture. There are light shows at sunrise and sunset daily, an outdoor setting for meditation. The Rice Coffeehouse is one block away, we sit and sip to plan our path and design our day to see art in Houston. The design of this glass house that serves students coffee is pristine. The Installation Gallery at Rice University is currently honoring the architecture of the Shot Gun Houses in its gallery. In real life the Shot Gun Houses are in the Fifth Ward called the Project Row Houses www.rowhousecdc.org with installation of artists currently. Knowing that Marilyn Minter is in town with her Pretty /Dirty Retrospective we go to the Contemporary Museum of Art Houston. Pop Art and Pro Feminist Fashion are at work here to create these sensual photographs and paintings. Dripping with images of water and silver paint, jewelry in mouths (real pearls, I’m told) these works take sensuality to the extremes, I think of the Kabbalah: There went up mist from the earth…watering the whole face of the ground….the mist (of sensual pleasure must go up) for the rain of the spiritual to come down, completing the circle of life...and likewise, the smoke of the sensual ascends, creating harmony above, and uniting of all and so the celestial sphere has completion in it.. If the impulse, the One above would also not move to go to her (the earth), and it is thus the yearning from below which brings about the completion above…from Zohar- The Book of Splendor (edited by Gershom Scholem) I asked Ms. Minter, what is it that is not apparent in looking at your work? And she replied, “I have no secrets.” In Florida, when Marilyn Minter was in art school there was no nude figure drawing- a testament to many schools in the bible belt. Minter turned to Fashion magazines for inspiration. She talks about makeup being paint signifying the tribe. In this exhibit she removes the makeup to capture the organic life underneath—the imperfec-
tions, the freckles, the pimples. The mud on the street works its way to the heel of the foot of the model wearing beaded back strap heels, contrasting the purity of fashion with the organic messy life. The surfaces of her work are hard and sealed, enamel on metal. Though Marilyn Minter claims to have no secrets, she has presented mysteries. We found ourselves at the Menil Collection during Menildays. The outside courtyard is filled with Indy book writers and sellers. Brass bands are playing in honor of the Michael Heizer lines carved in the green space on the grounds of the museum. This is a busy place celebrating the interior lives of people.
We go to see the Barnett Newman paintings. The minimalist idea is to take away all that is extra and pair down what MARILYN MINTER is left to the essential to its core to find the spiritual in art. The result here is a line. In some cases a white line, in others a black line, Newman called it a zip line. These are hard edge paintings with flat color on either side, Newman is considered a color field painter. There are perceptual things going on, because of the way the colors come together your eyes play tricks. When you focus on one side of the painting, it seems like there is a black line on the other, upon close inspection that was the mind of the viewer. Perceptual play is only a bi-product of what is happening here. One way to think of this is by focusing on what was taken away—the art of Western tradition, voluptuous and then intellectual, expressionist be it abstract expressionistic or with images. This painter is placing the artists function first as a philosopher exploring the world of ideas rather than the world of the senses, creating a kind of visual purity. Important to this spare line is the context of the white room. The gallery, quiet with guard in place to assure the ambiance, becomes a place of meditation; a place to quiet the sensual input of the world to find focus and balance and a line. SKY SPACE SCULPTURE
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PUBLIC NEWS GIG GUIDE CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203 no website Sat Apr 25 9pm J J and the Stoneponies Sat May 2 9pm TBA Sat May 9 9pm TBA Sat May 23 9pm Earl T and the Tattered Hearts 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 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 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 Sat May 30 9pm Texas Johnny Boy Dosey Doe Music Cafe 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-321-2171 www.doseydoe.com Wed Apr 22 6pm Texas Christian Music Assoc. Featuring Bonnie Bishop Sat May 2 8:30pm Wishbone Ash 8:30 [$30] Sun May 3 8:30pm RLRM – Select Showcase 6:00 [$10] Tues May 5 8pm Scott Brown & Friends 1st Tues Bart Crow [$12] Wed May 6 8pm Claude Burbon – Solo [$10] Thurs May 7 5:30pm Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration – Poetry Reading [Free] Fri May 8 8:30pm Samantha Fish – Band 8:30 [$18] Sat May 9 8:30pm Milk Drive 8:30 $15 Wed May 13 8pm Peter Bradley Adams RLRM Danika Holmes Opens [$15] Thurs May 14 8:30pm Devil’s Hollow [$10] Fri May 15 8:30pm Howie Day – Band with Olivia Millershcin Mark Jones Opens [$24] Sat May 16 8:30pm The Killdares, Julie Belle Opens [$18] Tues May 19 8pm Grace Askew RLRM [$15] May 20 7:30pm Wed Annalise Emerick “Singer/Songwriter Humpday” [Free] Thurs May 21 8:30pm Dirty River Boys [$18] Fri May 22 8:30pm Bottom Dollar String Band [$12] Sat May 23 8:30pm Micky & the Motorcars [$18] Game On Sports Bar 1717 N. Fraiser Conroe 936-788-6209 www.gameonsportsandmusic.com Fri Apr 24 9pm Legacy Sat Apr 25 9pm Heated Frenzy Fri May 1 9pm The .07 Blues Band Sat May 2 9pm Tribe Hill 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 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
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Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000 www.theredbricktavern.com Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch 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 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.” Fri May 1 8pm Evco,Light The Sun,Leland,Unknown Brothers Sat May 2 8pm Underwood,Hydroponic Fri May 8 8pm Prophets Of Addiction, Pulse Rate Zero, A More Perfect Union,Echo Temple Sat May 9 8pm The Scars Heal In Time,Vanilla Sugar, The Abyss The Concert Pub North 2470 Cypress Creek Pkwy., Houston 281-583-8111 www.theconcertpub.com Fri Apr 24 9pm Krokus w/Love & War Sat Apr 25 9pm Rock All Night Showcase Fri May 1 9pm VHT w/No Remorse Sat May 2 9pm Lights Out w/Bad Motorscooter 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 w/*] 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 Fri. May 1 7:30pm Sean Harrold Sat. May 2 7:30pm Scott Haskins Thurs. May 7 7:30pm Grant Harrison Fri. May 8 7:30pm Brian Pounds * Sat. May 9 7:30pm Michael Hardie Thurs. May 14 7:30pm Blake Anderson Fri. May 15 7:30pm Jenn Harris * Sat. May 16 7:30pm Ryan Wilcox Thurs. May 21 7:30pm Michael Player Fri. May 22 7:30pm Keeton Coffman * Sat. May 23 7:30pm Alva Sim Thurs. May 24 7:30pm Jay McCann Fri. May 29 7:30pm The Silvertones Sat. May 30 7:30pm Sean Harrold Thurs. June 4 7:30pm Duane Dulane Fri. June 5 7:30pm Chase Gassaway Sat. June 6 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.
NORTH SPRING 19th Hole Grill & Bar 202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574
www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows] Fri Apr 24 8pm Grand Antler Teeth, Sun Thieves, Sik Mule, Chongo Sat Apr 25 8pm Dreams of Reality, COLOR CHEMISTRY, City of Urchins Sun Apr 26 8pm Huey Finch 4th Annual Crawfish Boil Mon Apr 27 8pm The AJ’s Fri May 01 8pm Rainchild Sat May 02 8pm Carrion Sun, The Black 13, Dost, DRYSOCKET, (B.A.D) Beyond All Deception Sat May 09 8pm White Light Cemetery, The Dirty Seeds, Funeral Shroud Sat May 16 8pm Twelve Years Driven, Torrid Complex, Rise Laveau, RedHawk, MurderCase Sat May 23 8pm Serpant Sun 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 24 7pm Curtis King Blues Band Sat Apr 25 7pm Almost Endless Summer Fri May 1 7pm Yelba Sat May 2 7pm Fyzical Address Fri May 8 7pm Almost Endless Summer Sat May 9 7pm Lady & The Tramps Fri May 15 7pm Dan Golvach Sat May 16 7pm TBA Fri May 22 7pm Sonny Boy Terry Sat May 23 7pm Bristol Fashion Fri May 29 7pm Yelba Sat May 30 7pm Reveron Johnny & The Band Of Gizmos Crescent Moon Wine Bar 440 Rayford Rd., #115, Spring 281-364-WINE (9463) www.crescentmoonwinebar.com 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 Fri May 1 8:30pm Level 1 Band Sat May 2 8:30pm Cool Breeze Band Thur May 7 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri May 8 8:30pm Les and the Funk Mob Sat May 9 8:30pm Checkerd Past Band Thur May 14 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri May 15 8:30pm Yelba’s Band Sat May 16 8:30pm Johnnie and the Spinsations Thur May 21 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri May 22 8:30pm Grateful Geezers Band Sat May 23 8:30pm Vince King Dosey Doe Big Barn 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com Wed April 22 8pm Kyle Park (acoustic) $24 Thurs April 23 8:30pm Jimmie Vaughn & $128 Fri April 24 8:30pm BellamY Brothers $138 Sat April 25 8:30pm Vince Vance & the Valiants $98 Fri May 1 8:30pm Deryl Dodd solo $20 Sat May 2 8:30pm Riders in the Sky $118 Thurs May 7 8:30pm Lindi Ortega (band) $20 Sat May 9 8:30pm Damn Quails $20 Thurs May 14 8:30pm Subdudes $108 Papa’s Ice House 314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140 www.papasicehousetx.com Sat Apr 25 TBA
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.
SPRING Bombshells 21005 I-45 North, Spring 281-288-2769 www.4bombshells.com Fri Apr 24 9pm Not The Rachels Sat Apr 25 9pm Chicago Joe’s 18433 Kuykendahl Rd Spring 281-533-3000 www.chicagojoesspring.com Thurs, Fri & Sat Dueling Pianos Mak’s Place Sports Bar & Grill 5200 Louetta Rd., Houston 832-698-1611 www.maksplacesportsbar.com Fri Apr 24 9pm Brian Loftin Sat Apr 25 TBA Fri May 1 9pm Sundance Head Sat May 2 9pm Space Monkey Fri May 8 9pm J. B. Barnett Sat May 9 9pm Not The Rachels That One Bar 4660 Louetta #100, Spring 832-562-3942 www.thatonebar.com Fri May 1 9pm Flying Monkey Fri May 8 9pm Fri May 15 9pm Jesse Roach Fri May 22 9pm Guanoloco Cowboys Fri May 29 9pm Treynwrek Fri Jun 5 9pm Space Monkey Two Mules Tavern http://www.twomulestavern.com 100 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 281-528-0600
THE WOODLANDS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, 281-210-1105 www.woodlandscenter.org Wed, April 22 8pm The Peking Acrobats with the Houston Symphony Fri, April 24 8pm Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Sat, April 25 7 pm Chris Tomlin with Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective Sun, April 26 7:30pm The Doobie Brothers with Don Felder Fri, May 1 8pm Elton John Sat, May 2 7pm ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Sun, May 3 7pm Lady Antebellum with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt Thu, May 7 7:30pm. Lana Del Rey with Courtney Love Fri, May 8 8pm Beethoven & Bartok with the Houston Symphony Fri, May 15 8pm “The Magic Flute” with Houston Grand Opera Sat, May 16 8pm Dave Matthews Band Thu, May 28 8pm Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band Fri, May 29 8pm The Music of Led Zeppelin with the Houston Symphony
TOMBALL Cheers 916 West Main St., Tomball 281-351-2599 no website Sat May 2 Myrna Sanders Sat May 9 Sawgood Pickers Sat May 16 Buck Yeager [$5] Sat May 30 Corey Michael Band Main Street Crossing 111 West Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com
Weds Apr 22 8pm Mike and the Moonpies Thurs Apr 23 8pm Brian Pounds Sat Apr 25 8pm Cool Freddie E and the Crew Weds Apr 29 8pm Chubby Knuckle Choir CD Release Thurs Apr 30 8pm Summer Ashly Fri May 1 8pm Lisa Morales Mon May 4 8pm Shooter Jennings Weds May 6 8pm Zack Walther Fri May 8 8pm Billy Joe Shaver Sat May 9 8pm Monte Montgomery Weds May 13 8pm Whiskey Myers lead singer Cody Cannon Thurs May 14 8pm Fred Eaglesmith Fri May 15 8pm Jason Eady and Adam Carroll Sat May 16 8pm Jarrod Birmingham Mon May 18 8pm Pam Tillis Weds May 20 8pm Charlie Robison Thurs May 21 8pm Songtelling with Special Guest Shane Walker Fri May 22 8pm Zane Williams Sat May 23 8pm Dub Miller and Doug Moreland Weds May 27 8pm Bri Bagwell and the Banned Thurs May 28 8pm Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band Fri May 29 8pm 2 Bit Palomino CD Release with Special Guest Derek Arambrau Sat May 30 8pm Steve Krase with Special Guest Trudy Lynn
WEST HOUSTON Shakespeare Pub 14129 Memorial Dr, Houston 281-497-4625 http://www.shakespearepub.net Sun Apr 26 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Weds Apr 29 9pm John McVey & The Stumble Thur Apr 30 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri May 1 9:30pm James Henry Band Sat May 2 9:30pm Kathy & The Kilowatts Sun May 3 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Weds May 6 9pm John McVey & The Stumble Thur May 7 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri May 8 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry w/Jimmy “Louisiana” Dotson Sat May 9 9:30pm Tony Vega Band Sun May 10 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Weds May 13 9pm John McVey & The Stumble Thurs May 14 9pm Special Guest Jeff Jenson with Annika Chambers Fri May 15 9:30pm Tommy Dardar Sat May 16 9:30pm The Peacemakers Sun May 17 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Weds May 20 9pm John McVey & The Stumble Thurs May 21 9:30pm Great Scott & The Almighties Fri May 22 9:30pm Snit’s Dog & Pony Show Sun May 24 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Weds May 27 9pm John McVey & The Stumble Thur May 28 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri May 29 9:30pm Erin Jaimes Band Sat May 30 9:30pm No Refund Band Sun May 31 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam
BANDS SEAN HARROLD ACOUSTIC SOLO GenuWine Tasting Room 6503 FM 1488 Magnolia, TX 77354 832-934-2675 Friday, May 1st 7:30pm The Empty Glass 104 Market Street Tomball, TX 77375 Saturday, May 2nd 8pm THE CHROMATICS Macs Sportsbar Cypress 12650 Telge Rd Cypress, TX 77429 Friday, April 24th 9:30pm The Chromatics 10 Year Anniversary Make your Reservations! 281-758-0100 March 21st-May 2nd
LAUNCHING THE CAREERS OF HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS 4th Annual Springboard South to combine game-changing artist education with the opportunity to showcase to top music industry professionals. Plus, free-to-the-public Band Mall and outdoor festival offer Houston music lovers an inside look at the next generation of artists. HOUSTON – The 4th Annual Springboard South conference, tradeshow and festival will hit downtown Houston June 1821, 2015. This multi-tiered, four-day event will feature five stages, over 150 artists and career-building professional development for the next generation of musicians. The conference, which features intensive mentoring, education, showcasing and networking programs, has helped launch the careers of a wide-range of artists. Comments Springboard South co-founder, Barry Coffing: “Our goal from the start has always been to give rising artists the resources, tools, exposure and industry insight they need to move their careers forward. At the same time, our artists don’t get lost in a mass of performers, as is often the case with other music events. We give personalized, individual, relevant support – and the chance to play, be seen, and be heard by professionals who can help them.” THE CONFERENCE: BAND BOOTCAMP AND INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Band Bootcamp Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center This career-building conference features 11 panels over two days with some of the music industry’s leading professionals who will educate new artists on how to take their brand to the next level. The panels are organized into the categories of Music, Promotion, Business and Marketing & Sales. Music will feature topics such as “A Hit Song” with a how-to approach for finding, writing or buying a hit; and “What Labels Want” which focuses on making sure your band is it. Promotion centers around building, growing and maintaining an audience with topics ranging from getting your song played on the radio to establishing and engaging your fan base. Business discusses topics like legal rights, the impact of streaming music on the industry and how bands can learn to turn their fans into their backers. Marketing & Sales gives artists the tools to harness the power of Social Media, secure sponsorships and work with the media to create lasting relationships. In addition, artists will have the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the panelists in mentorship sessions immediately following each panel discussion to delve deeper with the experts and ask specific questions. Industry Showcases June 19-21, 2015 in and around Warehouse Live
After the daytime activities, hand-picked new artists will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in the Industry Showcases taking place each evening in and around favorite Houston live music venue, Warehouse Live. Friday will feature R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop and Hip-Hop. Saturday brings Rock, Country, Metal and EDM/ Dance, while Sunday focuses on Gospel, Jazz, Blues World and Singer/Songwriter. These showcases give industry leaders the opportunity to experience the most promising new talent live. Additionally, official Springboard South artists on the Main Stage will receive professional broadcast quality performance footage from a high-definition, 5-camera shoot, a 24-track recording of their performance, and the opportunity to present their music to a panel of music supervisors. First Announced Official Springboard Showcasing Bands Include Kenna Danielle of Conroe, Texas; Forebear of Los Angeles, California; Fifty Dollar Dynasty of Bandera, Texas; Crawford Brothers of New South Wales, Australia; 7Horse of Los Angeles and Seattle; Lucas Jack of San Antonio Texas; Spencer Liszt & His Disciples of Dallas, Texas; That Boy Zarius of Houston, Texas; and Kaela Sinclair of Denton, Texas. New this year to the Industry Showcases, artists who attend, but weren’t chosen for the main stage will still get to be in the spotlight with the Moment of Truth Stage. This stage will give each artist 10 minutes in front of the microphone to show off their talents to scouts and music business professionals looking for the next big star. THE TRADESHOW: BAND MALL June 19-21, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center This music business tradeshow connects artists with key industry players in music education, production, management, booking agents, public relations, promotion, licensing and distribution. In addition to visiting artists, the Band Mall is free and open to the public and will allow all music enthusiasts an inside look at the industry. THE FESTIVAL June 19-21, 2015 George R. Brown Convention Center and various outdoor stages Springboard South will feature more than 200 shows from 150 artists, 30 of whom will be selected as official Springboard South artists and will participate in the Industry Showcases. The Festival will feature multiple stages with all-day shows that are free and open to the public. Artist levels include Developmental, Emerging, Breaking and Official Springboard Artists. As with the Showcases, the Festival performances will follow the genre lineup schedule of: Friday will feature R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop and Hip-Hop. Saturday brings Rock, Country, Metal and EDM/Dance, while Sunday focuses on Gospel, Jazz, Blues World and Singer/Songwriter.
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THE CHROMATICS TURN 10 AND CELEBRA AN ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT MAC’S SPOR story by Ken Petty photos by Carla Harrold This Friday night Jamie Ashby (bass, lead vocals), Sean Harrold (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Hatton (synth/guitar, vocals) and Clay McClain (drums/sequencer) will come together to play as the Chromatics, celebrating their 10th year as a band. Mac’s Sports Bar located at 12650 Telge Road will be the venue where the anniversary celebration will kick off at 9:30pm. The Chromatics ten-year journey to this Friday night’s show is nothing short of brilliant as very few tribute bands enjoy such longevity. However, not all four were there at the bands inception. Lone co-founding member, Jamie Ashby, (co-founder with Joe Baiardi and Rod Roberts) and long standing member Sean Harrold (with the Chromatics since 2006) sat down with the Public News over the telephone and shared their story. “I was in a band called the McClanahans. We had been together since 1993,” Jamie Ashby remembers. “Around September of 2004 or so, the guitarist and the drummer of the McClanahans wanted to take some time off. So I rang up an old high school friend of mine, Wes Jones, who at the time was the lead singer of the Fab Five and shared with him my idea of an 80’s era band.” The Fab Five was a band whose act performed a wide selection of Beatle songs as well as a few songs from other 60’s era bands. The idea met with enthusiasm. Howev-
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er, shortly afterward, Wes Jones passed away. “You can pretty much say that Wes Jones played a large part in the formation of the Chromatics.” Sean Harrold shared. After Wes Jones funeral, Ashby ran into Jones’s bandmate in the Fab Five, drummer Rod Roberts. Again, Ashby shared the idea of an 80’s era tribute band with Roberts who also expressed interest for the idea. A little while later Ashby reached out to Roberts again about joining the new band but was concerned about conflicts with the Fab Five schedule. Roberts was in. Later, fellow Fab Five guitarist Joe Baiardi was in. “Bill Staats, the Fab Five’s keyboard player, later also joined in with the Chromatics,” Harrold shared. So, the Chromatics started as Jamie Ashby along with two of the five members of the Fab Five. “Yeah, we kind of threw it together and then streamlined it. Then by February 2005 we had the makings of the Chromatics,” Ashby said. The first Chromatics show was on April 2, 2005 at the Oz Bar in Houston. The first song played was Men At Work’s Overkill. “The reason we decided on doing 80’s material is because most of us grew up on those early MTV New Wave music videos. When we got together we started throwing out a bunch of those video songs and discovered that about 90% of the band member’s tastes
were collective,” Jamie recalled. So what songs do they play and how many are in their set list? The Chromatics channel many of the well known artists of the 80’s era; The Cars, Prince & the Revolution, Cheap Trick, Simple Minds, Flock of Seagulls, The Fixx, Rick Springfield and After The Fire just to name a good handful. “We’ve got about 85 to 90 songs ready to go at any time. But most of the songs will cycle in and out of the set as members in the band change,” Ashby said. “For example when Sean (Harrold) came into the band, we brought in songs that played to his best strength as a guitarist.” “I was more of a showboat as a guitar player.” Harrold remembers. Harrold was a young player and came to playing stages later than others in the band.
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THE CHROMATICS (left to right), CLAY MCCLAIN, JAMIE ASHBY, ANDREW DELEON (sound and light engineer) , PAUL HATTON, SEAN HARROLD
“Knowing that there are others watching us that are musicians themselves, I just wanted to make sure I was hitting those notes.” As far as joining the Chromatics? “It’s funny how I got started. I met Rod Roberts at a chili cook off in 2003. He knew me when I played with the Nervous Rex in the Sherlock circuit,” Harrold recalls. “In April of 2006, when I last played for the Nervous Rex, I was ready to take a break.” Soon afterwards, Harrold was asked to join the Chromatics, replacing Joe Baiardi as the group’s guitarist. Sean Harrold officially joined the Chromatics in 2006 and first performed with them on June 29, 2006. Most bands have what they would refer to as the “gig from hell.” Did the Chromatics? “No, we haven’t had many of those. There
were a couple of weird gigs. One I recall at the Cypress Saloon it was very bizarre for both us and all eight people who came to see us play.” It’s the only time the Chromatics played there. Ashby shared that the weirdness comes from the mismatch of the venue, the audience and The Chromatics. “We’ve got one of the most loyal fan bases that I have ever seen. Gig for gig, show for show, we’ve seen the same folks return and they bring their friends.” Ashby said. “We are a huge family friendly based band.” Harrold shared the thought that they’d rather have ten people who are listening to every word they sing than have a thousand who aren’t paying attention. What do they think about Houston’s ability or lack of as a live music draw? “Houston is very spread out. We don’t have a live music district like Austin or Dallas. It’s a different landscape that literally keeps it from being cohesive.” Ashby shared. “Houston is a very transient town. Bands will form, the scene will change and those bands will move on. Everything goes in cycles; you’ve got to stick around for the upturn.” Do the Chromatics play outside of Houston? “No, not really,” Harrold chuckled. “Everyone in the band has day gigs. Plus Jamie and I have about a thousand music projects on the side.”
“The thing about a Chromatics show,” Harrold continued, “is that we put on a full out live show, no prerecorded music whatsoever. We use real guitars, real keyboards with real drums. Our fans know the difference” What’s also interesting is that the Chromatics do not practice as a band in between gigs. “We don’t practice or work on songs in the garage or studio. We do our homework and then just show up at the gig to play.” Ashby recalls. “Sometimes, songs don’t gel or connect with the audience. As a rule we give a new song about a month to catch on. If it doesn’t, then it’s gone.” Harrold mentioned a few that fell flat with the audience, citing Hall & Oates, Wang Chung and Duran Duran whose songs were ‘kicked to the curb.’ How about the Chromatics at the 20 year mark? “I’m in the best shape as a player,” Harrold shared, “I didn’t have a lot of experience. In my early years I played in my room. I’ve seen Jamie play in some cool bands. When I got the audition for the Chromatics, it made a huge impression on me to be asked to join them.” “As long as these guys will still keep playing with me, then we are in it for the long haul.” Ashby added. The current line-up of the Chromatics includes Paul Hatton on synth/guitar and was completed in 2009 with the addition of Clay McClain on drums and sequencer.
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NICK’S LOCAL EATS
Argentinian Empanadas And Much, Much More story and photos by Nick Rama
403 E Louetta Rd Spring TX 77373 www.5atecafe.com email@example.com BREAKFAST FOR DINNER or DINNER FOR BREAKFAST
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This quaint little Argentinian Café owed by Alexandra and Marcelos Garcia, known for the Empanadas, has now been opened for almost 8 months and is definitely worth checking out. I am not an expert by any means on Argentinian cuisine, but if the food tastes like this in Argentina, sign me up because I want more. Just in case you are unaware of what am empanada is, they are made by folding dough with stuffing consisting of a various meat, cheeses, vegetables, Nick Rama fruits, and others yummy goodness then baked or fried (La Chef has both). La Chef has a wide variety of Empanadas starting with their savory traditional ones like Criolla (ground beef, hard-boiled eggs, onions and olives), Fugazzeta (Mozzarella cheese and sweet onions), Gaucho (Steak), Humita (sweet corn, onions and cheese) and my personal favorite the Pulled Pork (pork, Spanish onions and spices). If you are looking for something less adventurous, La Chef has simple but still very tasty items like ham and cheese, pepperoni, spinach and cheese, pizza and cheeseburger. Others I have tried are their Buffalo chicken and shrimp and cheese empanadas. This week I had my new favorite empanada, the Chorizo Bravo with chorizo, potato and cheese. It reminded me of an Argentinian version of an Indian samosa. Check out their special boards for a new flavor of weekly, because you never know what surprises you’ll find. La Chef is so much more than than just empanadas, though. I would have never guessed that I would find very good gnocchi (potato dumplings) with a fantastic four cheese sauce at an Argentinian restaurant. Great hot Argentinian style sandwiches like their signature Lomito Special (juicy grilled steak with ham, mozzarella cheese, two fried eggs, lettuce, tomato and a aioli chimichurri Sauce) and Choripan (grilled sausage, lettuce, tomatoes and chimichurri sauce). Also quiches, Argentinian style pizza (it’s more of an open faced sandwich then a pizza in my opinion), salads, pastas and even homemade Provencale potato chips. Chef Alexandra can do it all. Don’t forget to save room for a dessert like their traditional Argentinian Alfajor (corn starch cookies with dulce de leche filling and coconut), caramel wrap, and Tiramusu. If that isn’t enough, you can try delicious sweet empanadas like apple & Nutella, sweet potato & chocolate and cheese and quince. I recently had one of their newer desserts, a strawberry cake which is Alexandra’s version of a classic Argentine dessert, She decided to name it La Moderna. It’s a homemade cake smothered in dulce de leche and topped with almonds and a chocolate ganache. I got to sit down with Alexandra to learn more about their wonderful restaurant. And here is what she had to say: How did you choose to open and Argentinian restaurant in Spring, TX?
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Argentinean food is simple, has fresh ingredients and taste really good. I wanted to bring all those things to Spring since it is half way between Houston and The Woodlands. La Chef is famous for the Argentinian style Empanadas. What was the influence for the rest of the menu items? The empanadas are our speciality. It took me more than a year to come up with the dough recipe that is true to what you find in Argentina. I remember going to Argentina and trying all different types of foods that Argentinians regularly eat. Everything was so delicious to eat that I decided to introduce those foods to my menu and see what’s happen. So far people love items like the lomito special or the milanesa a caballo. What are your most popular empanada fillings and which ones do you suggest getting baked vs fried? The popular empanada is the Criolla, (ground
beef, green onions, olives and boil egg) Baked vs. fried depends on what you like. If you care about which is healthier go for baked, and if you want fast go for the fried. Both are good choices and both delicious. Exactly what is chimichurri sauce? In both country and city homes you always find chimichurri. It is a basic recipe. Olive oil, parsley and garlic never change, but the rest depends on the chef but always keeping the traditional recipe as the base. This wonderful sauce that can used on anything. Around Christmas time a lady bought 12 jars to give to friends and family. Our 8oz chimichurri sauce can make a great gift. Tell us more about your sandwiches and pizzas. What makes them different than traditional ones? We try to keep our menu true to what you would get in Argentina and all our food is as close to the real thing as possible. I work
hard every day to find the ingredient that have the same texture and flavor as those used in Argentina. Are you a trained Chef? Where did you learn your craft? I have been in the food business for more than 25 years. I trained to be a chef at the New York Institute of Technology. I received my
degree in Culinary Arts and also the Chef Award. For 8 years I was the Executive Chef for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. This is the first time (other than cooking at home) that I cook Argentinian food. I used to have an Italian restaurant back in New York. I’m working to develop a gluten free empanada and bring more of the flavors of
foods from my Argentina. Do you and Marcelo have a favorite meal at your restaurant? For Marcelo it is the Lomito Special and for me is Choripan made with Argentinian sausage and chimichurri. I heard that you all do a once a month Gnocchi night. How did that tradition get started? Is it an Italian tradition that was brought to Argentina by Italian immigrants. We eat gnocchi (potato dumplings) with different sauces and we put money under the plate, so you always have money. The tradition originated in a small province in Italy on the 29th of an unknown month. There was a poor family who was looking for a place to stay and another poor family invited them to dinner. Only one thing was served: gnocchi. The two families had a nice time and in the morning the other family left. The plates were left on the table and by noon they picked up the plates and they found a gold coin under each plate. Tradition says that you eat gnocchi on the 29th of every month and put money under the plate. If you do so you will be guaranteed enough money to live until the 29th of the next month. Then the tradition starts again. And at La Chef we want to keep this tradition alive. We offer our gnocchi with four cheese sauce, bolagnese or tomato sauce. Tell me about some of your weekly specials. What can someone expect?
Last week we started two specials. The first one is Bring Your Own Wine any night for a corkage fee of $5 and we provide the glasses. The second one is called Sábado De Mileanesa (Milanesa Saturdays). For this special we offer a specialty milanesa such as Napolitana, Fugazzeta, and A Caballo with fries. These are only available on Saturday. We have weekly empanada specials, and around Christmas time we did a gingerbread empanada. We have also done bacon cheeseburger and a cheese only empanada.If people like them a lot, as they did the chorizo bravo, we make them a part of the menu. Also, at the moment we are working on a Piña Colada Empanada for the summer time. Do you have lunch specials? Two empanadas and a drink for $6.45 and two empanadas, a drink, and a cup of soup for $8.45. Customers can choose any empanada that it is and can also add a side for $1.99 to $3.50 such as french fries, rice, ranch beans that way they can make it a meal. Tell me all about your desserts. All my desserts are homemade and I still use the recipes given to me by my mother for the desserts she use to make in Argentina. We use a lot of dulce the leche and the traditional alfajor the maicena (cornstarch). Five words to describe La Chef? Fresh, authentic, true, simple and delicious foods (cooking with love and a passion from chef Alex Garcia). La Chef can be found at: 5200 FM 2920 Suite 180 Spring, TX 77388 832-585-1840
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 Wild Ginger 3061 Interstate 45 N (936) 788-9988
HUMBLE 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
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SIPPIN’ AROUND TOWN
UPTOWN DISTRICT PRIMER story and photos by Jamie Alvear
The Uptown District can be found near Post Oak, Westheimer, and the Galleria. It is roughly 6 miles west of downtown Houston. The major attraction in the area is the Galleria Mall, which brings in millions of visitors each year. The Uptown District is home to many upscale boutiques, some of Houston’s largest hotels, and a multitude of dining options. It’s also a fun place to hang out. To make your visit even more enjoyable, I recommend staying a night or two at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The Royal Sonesta Houston is located in the heart of the Galleria area and offers luxurious, yet affordable accommodations. Recent renovations to the hotel have added a stylish and modern flair to the lobby and guest rooms. The beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms are very spacious. The Royal Sonesta is perfect for hosting meetings, conferences, or weddings. On the 5th floor, you will find one of the largest fitness rooms I have ever seen in a hotel, as well as an outdoor pool. There is also a café, restaurant, and bar in the lobby. Axis Lounge is not just any hotel bar. In keeping with the hotel’s theme that “Food is Art”, Axis lounge specializes in “Liquid Art”, letting your choose which path your cocktail journey will take. For those wanting to try their hand at being a mixologist, deconstructed cocktails are available. You are given a choice of three different base liquors served on a tray with herbs, citrus, and bitters in order to craft your perfect drink. Axis Lounge is a whiskey lover’s dream with over 25 different whiskeys just waiting to be poured. Craft beers and unique wines also await you, as well as a flavorful bar menu that includes bacon
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popped corn and shrimp cracklings. This is a great spot for happy hour or a late night drink or two before heading up to your room. While in the area, be sure to check out the highly anticipated new Peska Seafood Culture, where they are serving up the freshest seafood available from all over the world. Twenty year old phenom chef, Omar Pereney, has created some beautifully innovative dishes, such as Onion Ash Tuna, Braised Pulpo, and a choice of six different ceviches. There is also the option for you to choose your cut of fish, the preparation, and even the sauce for a personalized entrée. If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, don’t worry, there are “seafood sommeliers” to help guide you in the right direction. Of course you need a beverage to go along with your delicious meal, and Peska has quite the choice of cocktails to suit just about everyone’s palate. General Manager Pete Contaldi has selected a unique list of “OriGINal” cocktails and a list of tequila and
mescal based drinks called “When Life Hands You Cactus”. My favorites were the Bees Knees and the Roasted Slope. There are also over 115 wines available and the staff is very knowledgeable about selections, so allow them to recommend something new. Wanting fresh seafood with a Mexican flair? Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest restaurant, Caracol, is a Mexican Coastal Kitchen. They are serving up delicacies from Mexico’s 16 coastal states, but the star attraction is their oysters. Shucked fresh to order and served either raw or wood-fired, they pair nicely with one of several “oyster” wines available from their extensive wine list. In addition to amazing seafood and pork dishes, they also have a strong vegetarian menu. This beautiful restaurant has patio dining, a bar area, and several private rooms, one of which is a gorgeous wine room. Happy hour is Monday – Friday from 3pm-7pm and until 5pm on Saturday. Beverage director and sommelier Sean Beck has not only chosen the best wines to compliment the bright flavors of Mexico, but he has also created an elegant cocktail menu. The traditional Paloma has been kicked up a notch with the addition of a Tajin soda and the Hard Sun is a stunning beverage served with a jalapeño coriander ice cube. If a more casual setting is what you have in mind, then head to Drexel House Eatery and Wine Bar. Located in Highland Village, this sleek and modern café offers an eclectic wine menu and upscale entrees. Wines are available in three sizes: a 3 ounce taste, 6 ounce pour, or by the bottle. Local craft beers are served up by the pint. Drexel House serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The dinner menu features daily specials that have been created by Chef Philippe Schmit. I happened to be there on a Friday
and I got try the fabulous steamed mussels with chorizo. The bartender suggested I pair it with Evening Land Pinot Noir and it was perfect! Be sure to save room for dessert because the Nutella Pot de Crème is deliciously decadent. Finally, no trip to Uptown would be complete without a stop at the famous Kenny and Ziggy’s. Here you will find amazing food in an authentic New York delicatessen setting. Known for their house cured meats and huge portions; you will not find a better deli outside of New York. Their menu is quite extensive and includes sandwiches, Jewish delicacies, and dinners. Breakfast is served all day. There is also a lengthy list of beers and
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fine wines to pair with your meal. Take note of the slogan on their menu that states, “Life is unpredictable, Eat dessert first!” These are words to live by because you will not want to miss out on a slice of their special cheesecake. If your wonderful meal at Kenny & Ziggy’s inspired you to learn more about delis, then drive on over to the River Oaks theater and watch Deli Man. It’s a wonderful documentary about Jewish delicatessens and features third generation deli man Ziggy Gruber. The next time you decide to visit the Uptown District for a day of shopping or ice skating at the Galleria, venture past the mall and discover some wonderful places to drink and dine. You may even find a new family favorite like I did. A special thank you to Royal Sonesta managers Arvin Missick, Peter Schreurs, and Diane Garza, Peska GM Pete Contaldi, Caracol Sommelier/Beverage Director Sean Beck, Drexel House owner Aaron Webster, Kenny & Ziggy’s owner Ziggy Gruber, Stuart Rosenberg of Studio Communications, and Paula Murphy from Patterson and Murphy PR.
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We often reflect on that milestone in our lives when we’re introduced to the most captivating window in existence; a window allowing one to experience worlds beyond our own, and witness events that, at times, only the imagination can conjure. One doesn’t come back from watching a Tyrannosaurus tear through a wire fence with its jaws, leaving behind a trail of terror as it ventures off into a stormy nightscape. And it was in that moment when my love for movies dawned, bringing me here today. My writing about film goes back only a year and a half, but my passion for movies— the motivator for my opinionated mind—goes back 20 years. Watching Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Toy Story as a child tends to bring about a wild imagination and interesting perception of Glen Ryan Tadych the world in which one lives, but upon becoming an adult and encountering the real world, a film aficionado like myself comes to realize the art of cinema is so vast, no single set of rules applies as to how one can perceive it. When I watch a film for the first time, I take it at face value. Only after my mind takes time to simmer on that experience do I review the film philosophically, culturally and in regard to storytelling. These opinions are what I bring to you, and they range from simplistic to overly complex. We as consumers are immersed in the film industry today, and not just because of Hollywood, but also because independent films are making a comeback and breaking through the threshold in ways they couldn’t before. The current digital age not only changed the way we perceive film
subjects, but the way we’re able to physically watch and make the movies themselves. This constant industrial evolution, in addition to the infinite methods of storytelling, is what makes film so fascinating to me. And what I seek to do is bring this information to readers in a fresh, distinctive and intriguing way. I want to provide in-depth thoughts and constructive insight, while maintaining the entertainment factor at the same time. I’ve never had the opportunity to bring such content to a publication, so I’m hoping to get my chance as this is an element I feel will add to Public News’ growing identity. One of the elements of my column, and the greatest part of this subject today, is the unlimited access to outside genuine filmgoer opinions. I’ve always found it interesting to place opposing views of a film side by side and really look at what those perceptions say about that film. This makes for great reading, and moreover a fascinating way to examine film culture. Some outlooks can be civil or downright arbitrary, and for some, this type of opposition may come to surprise them. This is the type of pull factor that makes a reader wonder, “What are people saying about that?” There’s also an opportunity to speculate on upcoming projects and reflect on industry trends; the very trends that give us our summer blockbuster lineups. All films in their purest essence draw from the stories and storytellers of the past, but it’s the way in which each rendition of a story moves us as individuals that makes film such an important and powerful medium. Every person has at least one moment in their life where they sit, watch and become swept up by what’s on the screen. And it’s in that moment when they think to themselves, “Why am I so moved by this?” or, “Why do I detest this so much?” Either way, the analysis of questions like these is the basis for my column, and one I approach with great enthusiasm.
The Age of Adaline PG-13 110 min Drama | Romance A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. Director: Lee Toland Krieger Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
The Water Diviner R 111 min Drama | War An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. Director: Russell Crowe Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas
Little Boy PG-13 100 min Comedy | Drama | War An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. Director: Alejandro Monteverde Stars: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport
Adult Beginners R 90 min Comedy | Drama A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny. Director: Ross Katz Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale
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FILM IN THEATERS 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 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 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 Cinderella PG 112 min Adventure | Drama | Family | Fantasy | Romance When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods. Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter 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 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 faith-fueled 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 Effie Gray PG-13 108 min Drama Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia “Effie” Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society. Director: Richard Laxton Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson Ex Machina R 108 min Drama | Sci-Fi Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he
will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Director: Alex Garland Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno Furious 7 PG-13 137 min Action | Crime | Thriller Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their seperate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government. Director: James Wan Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham Get Hard R 100 min Comedy When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other. 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 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 PG 94 min Action | Comedy After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Director: Andy Fickman Stars: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso 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 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.
PUBLIC NEWS DINING GUIDE 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
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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) 353-4055 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 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 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
FILM IN THEATERS 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 Longest Ride PG-13 139 min Drama | Romance Former bull-riding champion Luke (Scott Eastwood) and college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) are in love, but conflicting paths and ideals threaten to tear them apart: Luke hopes to make a comeback on the rodeo circuit, and Sophia is about to embark on her dream job in New York’s art world. As the couple ponder their romantic future, they find inspiration in Ira (Alan Alda), an elderly man whose decades-long romance with his beloved wife withstood the test of time. Director: George Tillman Jr. Stars: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston 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 True Story R 100 min Drama | Mystery | Thriller Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a recently terminated New York Times journalist who’s struggling for work after a story gone
wrong. One day, he receives a phone call from a man regarding an FBI Most Wanted individual named Christian Longo, who’s been captured and claimed to be living as Finkel. Longo and Finkel meet and form a potentially marriage shattering bond while Longo is in prison awaiting his trial. Finkel exchanges journalism tips for the real events behind Longo’s alleged heinous acts of murdering his family. Through the twists and turns in the movie, only at the end will Finkel uncover the True Story. Director: Rupert Goold Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee 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 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
PUBLIC NEWS DINING GUIDE 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 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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