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MAINSTREAM MEDIA DOES THEIR JOB WELL IN DISTRACTING HOUSTONIANS One of the columnists of the Public News dropped by the home office armed with a couple of local newspapers. You know the print variety. He mentioned that most of what those papers contained ‘was non-local content’ most of which can be bought through some of the syndicates around the US. Nothing really related to anything in the area with the exception of what was canned on the front page. That was it. Most daily papers reprint the same old crap that is farmed out to them by the Associated Press (also known as the mainstream media). Why? Why do newspapers rely on regurgitated news items from national sources? It’s bad enough that our film capsules in the PN are Ken Petty sourced directly from the studios. We’re working on changing that. But really, what value is it to print and offer a newspaper to read that can be accessed verbatim online? I was tempted to hire on such a service for the Public News. Doing so would have bastardized the very thing that all of the writers of the Public News were trying to build; an independent voice for Houston and a pretty darn good arts and entertainment news source at that. How would a national voice serve this end? The bottom line is that it doesn’t. Newspapers are not just a vehicle for advertising, although it helps. Newspapers serve as a filter. For every issue of the Public News,

I comb through a lot of email submissions to determine what fits the Public News’ audience and what does not. It’s not censorship; its the utility of serving as a filter. It’s about trust. The internet has no filter. You can read everything you want and still walk away as uninformed as you did before. This is why most of the mainstream media daily newspapers are shriveling up and dying a slow death... even as they move toward digital. It’s the content stupid. If I can get the same content from (put your favorite online news source here) for the price of internet service, then I’m going to go to (put my favorite online news source here) almost all the time. This is not rocket science. There is one huge exception to this, and that exception is called the Wall Street Journal. I love that paper and will pay $2 a copy just to try and read the whole thing in one day. I couldn’t do that but maybe a speed reader could. Niche newspapers, like this one, thrive on the independent voice. We’ve got that concept down pat. Writers are coming on board even it were just for the experience of writing a local angle story with a hard deadline attached. Real journalism, that’s the true life blood of a newspaper regardless of the medium it’s delivered on. These are the newspapers worth reading and worth supporting. The local flavor in the Public News is strong thanks to the fantastic local writers and editors that use their talents to provide that voice. With the prospect of an ugly national scene thanks to Jade Helm 15, every city needs that independent voice. Readers are clamoring for that voice. The Public News is committed to providing that voice for Houston.

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Theatre Under The Stars Announces 2015/16 Student Matinee Season HOUSTON, TEXAS - Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to announce their 2015/16 student matinee season, which will include performances of Rent, Scrooge, James and the Giant Peach and Oliver!. As part of TUTS’ Education and Community Engagement programs, student matinee performances are offered to schools throughout the GreaterHouston area. Student matinees expose students to musical theatre, many of whom have never experienced it before, and provide an arts education. Thanks to generous local supporters, these age-appropriate musicals are offered at discounted prices. “TUTS’ student matinees are one of my favorite parts of the organization. I love that we provide students with an opportunity to experience the joy of musical theatre and learn more about the arts outside of the classroom. Seeing their reactions to each of the productions is always a highlight for me,” said Bob Lawson, TUTS’ Director of Education. The 2015/16 student matinee season will kick off with an inspiring performance of Rent on September 18 at 10 AM in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Suggested for grades 9 – 12. Commissioned specially by TUTS Education for their Musicals for Young Audiences program, holiday performances of Scrooge will be offered on December 8 – 11 in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Scrooge is the musical comedy version of the classic Yuletide fable A Christmas Carol, complete with up-to-date ghosts, a revived holiday spirit and just a Dickens of a

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good time! This blockbuster is sure to bring smiling faces and tapping toes to your season. A content guide with suggested teaching activities is available online. Suggested for grades K – 5. The season will continue with performances of James and the Giant Peach, also a part of TUTS’ Musicals for Young Audiences program, on March 29 – April 1 in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, and the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. A content guide with suggested teaching activities is available online. Suggested for grades K – 5. The 2015/16 student matinee season will conclude with a captivating performance of TUTS main-stage show, Oliver! on April 13 in Sarofim Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Discover the story of a runaway orphan who finds himself in the grimly fascinating underbelly of eighteenth-century London. Befriended by the Artful Dodger and his fellow gang of youthful pickpockets, the pure-hearted Oliver is introduced to a witty, gritty world of new friends, formidable foes – and an abundance of merry mischief. Suggested for grades 6 – 12. TUTS’ student matinee productions are made possible by the generosity of The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, the Immanuel & Helen B. Olshan Foundation, The CFP Foundation, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, Phillips 66 and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

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TOMBALL TO CELEBRATE TEXAS TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK by Mike Baxter

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The City of Tomball is joining with other communities and tourist destinations across Texas to celebrate Texas Travel & Tourism Week, May 2-10, 2015. Created only four years ago, Tomball’s tourism program has grown to include seven major festivals that drew more than 51,000 visitors to the City in 2014, as well as countless others who now come to town for the unique shopping, mom-and-pop eateries, live entertainment and more. The economic impact from local tourism is felt both directly and indirectly across the community through visitor spending in a variety of categories from hotels and food service, to shopping and medical. Estimates are that direct travel spending in Texas was $70.5 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.5% over the previous year. Tourism and travel in Texas directly support 630,000 jobs and an additional 474,000 jobs indirectly across industry sectors such as transportation, insurance, and construction. Given the State’s diverse destinations for

travel, it should come as no surprise that 70% of those traveling in Texas are leisure travelers. Tomball is celebrating Texas Travel & Tourism Week through activities such as the Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival which brings thousands of guests to the City, public appearances by Tomball festival and tourism mascot – Rusty Rails, a special tourism presentation to the monthly meeting of the Tomball Lions Club, a special proclamation from City Council on Monday, May 4th, and public education announcements through social media and other vehicles. Travel is visitor spending in local shops, it’s tax income for the City, great family memories, and it’s just plain fun! After all, Tomball is Texan for Fun!® Tomball is just 28-miles northwest of Houston on State Highway 249 at FM 2920. For more information, please call 281-351-5484 or visit tomballtx.gov. “Like” Tomball on Facebook at “Tomball Texan for Fun”.


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California Water Model Comes to Texas Senate (Bastrop, April 27, 2015) An urban-rural legislative coalition of farmers, ranchers, rural landowners, wildlife advocates, environmentalists and political reformers is urging the defeat of a little-noticed water bill that will likely come to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. HB 3298/SB 1907 directs the Texas Water Development Board to conduct a study for the development of a market and conveyance network for water in the Texas.

HUNDREDS OF NORTH SIDE RESIDENTS MAY BE TRAPPED Building Of Future Strip Mall, Car Wash & Grand Parkway Present Serious Problems Safety And Mobility May Be Greatly Compromised by Kevin Giefer a special report for the Public News One entrance and exit to a one-way Grand Parkway service road will be a major safety issue. A variance granted to developer RPM4M Ventures, LP by the City of Houston Planning and Development on Nov. 14, 2013, for the commercial property located at 3535 Rayford Road, will greatly impact the Lockeridge Farms neighborhood. As it stands, Lockeridge Oaks Drive will not be extended to Rayford Road, south of Riley Fuzzel Road. The developer, Montgomery County, Montgomery County MUD 119 and City of Houston Planning and Development failed to contact the Home Owners Association of Lockeridge Farms subdivision or its residents to inform them of the variance application. The Lockeridge Farms subdivision has 185 homes and more than 650 residents. The original developer of Lockeridge Farms, Sowell & Co, told residents there would be a secondary access point to the future Rayford Road. It wasn’t until construction started on Harmony Plaza that residents began to investigate. Lockeridge Farms residents are concerned the lack of a second entrance to the neighborhood will create major safety and mobility problems. Currently, Lockeridge Farms has only one entry/exit road to connect to the two-way Riley Fuzzel Road. In the coming months, the section of Riley Fuzzel running by the Lockeridge Farms subdivision will be replaced by Grand Parkway SH 99 Service Road, which will only be one-way. Lockeridge Farm residents point to the City of Houston Code of Ordinance, Section 42-189, which outlines access to neighborhoods as a reason for their concern. It states: “any subdivision that includes more than 150 lots shall have at least two points of access to a public street outside the boundaries of the subdivision.” With continued growth and development of the area, traffic congestion will continue to increase. With lack of entry to the subdivision, not only will residents have difficulty entering the subdivision but also emergency vehicles (police, fire, EMS) will have a hard time gaining access to the Lock-

eridge Farms subdivision in an emergency situation, especially if there is congestion or an accident or stoppage between Rayford Road and Birnham Woods on the GP99 Service Road. Clinton Cooke, deputy fire chief of the South Montgomery County Fire Department, said this is a very unique situation. “We’ll have to be creative in getting to Lockeridge Farms for any situation when they need help, especially when there is a traffic slow down or accident on GP99 Service Road,” Cooke said. “Unfortunately, our response time may be affected. We always like to see another option for entry and exit.” Spring Creek Utilities District Board of Directors also recently voted unanimously that something should be done before a situation arises. “We have assets in Lockeridge Farms,” Claude Humbert, board member, said. “We need access to them 24/7. If we can’t get in, this is definitely a problem.” Justin Hill, resident of Lockeridge Farms, is also troubled. “Not only will Fire and EMS not be able gain access, we won’t be able to get

out,” Hill said. “Imagine being stuck in your own neighborhood. It’s no different than a semi-truck blocking your personal driveway - no in; no out. “It raises a lot of questions. ‘Will I be able to make it to work on time?’ ‘Can I get the kids to school on time?’ This is a problem. City of Houston Planning and Montgomery County really messed up.” Resident Kelly Russell agrees. “This is a situation where it’s not good to be unique,” Russell said. “A one-way entry or exit is just not safe. The City of Houston has an ordinance of more than one access point for a reason. “Unfortunately, time is of the essence. Construction is coming along quickly on Harmony Plaza and if something is not done right now, we will be much worse off. “

“SB 1907 assumes that a statewide water market is the best plan for Texas, but we can’t solve our water problems by selling it and moving it around,” objected Judith McGeary, Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes common-sense policies for local agricultural and food production. “What we really need is a statewide water plan that prioritizes conservation and preservation of our water resources for generations to come for both rural and urban communities.” Respected water conservation leader, Ken Kramer (Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club) wrote, “The future of water in Texas probably will include some additional movement of water within the state, the establishment of regional water markets, and exchanges of water rights, but those can be accomplished as needed without setting up a statewide water ‘gridzilla’ that could well trample on many of the values that Texans hold dear – including landowner rights, abundant fish and wildlife, rural values, and fiscal responsibility.” Michele Gangnes, a rural landowner who helped lead the battle to stop San Antonio’s “water grab” in Lee County 15 years ago, said, “The $3.4 billion Vista Ridge project to pipe groundwater 142 miles from Burleson County to San Antonio is the backdrop for the planned water grid. The gold rush mentality fueling this project threatens not only our aquifer but our rural areas’ economic future. As the number two water user behind California, Texas should avoid that state’s failed policy of moving water to semi-arid regions to attract growth.” Senate Bill 1907 is sponsored by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). The House companion bill, HB 3298, is sponsored by Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio). The study is estimated to cost $2 million. Organizations currently opposed to this legislation are: Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Texas Certified Farmers Market Association, Food Policy Council of San Antonio, Food and Farm Coalition (East Texas Community Food Coalition), National Wildlife Federation, Neighbors for Neighbors, Environmental Stewardship, Lone Star Chapter – Sierra Club, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and the League of Independent Voters of Texas.

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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 moptop 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

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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 music and more. You can follow Tomball at www.youtube.com/tomball1907 and www.flickr.com/photos/tomball, too. The Tomball Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival is just another example of why “Tomball is Texan for Fun!” ®

Kate Barr Ross Park, Huntsville The City of Huntsville Recreation Services hosts the annual Major League Baseball’s local Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Boys and girls, ages 7-14, will have the opportunity to showcase their baseball or softball skills and advance to the sectional, regional, and national competitions at no charge. The local Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Kate Barr Ross Park, 486 State Highway 75 North, on Field 7, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants must fill out a registration form, provided at the competition, and bring their birth certificate or a copy to be eligible to compete. Registration will be from 9-10 a.m. No metal spikes will be permitted at the competition. For more information, please call (936) 2945725.

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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.

TDCJ 5K/1-mile Run Saturday. May 2, 2015 9am Kate Barr Ross Park [Huntsville] The Huntsville Police Officer Association and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Office of Inspector General Employee Foundation will be co-hosting the first annual 5k/1-mile run at 9:00 a.m., May 2, at Kate Barr Ross Park, 486 State Highway 75 North (next to the Huntsville Service Center). Registration for the 5k run is $25.00, and for the 1-mile run is $15.00. Refreshments will be served To register, please go to https://endurancecui. active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=13957552. For more information, contact Sgt. Eric Scott at HPD at escott@huntsvilletx.gov or 936-2915480 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition Saturday, May 2, 2015 10am-1pm

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EVENT CALENDAR continued Continued from page 8 Huntsville Beautification Golf Tournament! It’s a shotgun start at 1 pm on Friday, June 19th at the Raven Nest Golf Course. Teams of 4 players are signing up now. Individual players are also welcome and sponsorships are available. The golf package includes green fees, cart, range balls, dinner, and awards! The money raised helps buy wildflower seeds, drought recovery initiatives, and new trees! Join the efforts to help keep Huntsville beautiful. For more information call Penny Joiner at 936294-5708.

STAGES 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 sugar-induced 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) Oompa-Loompas! 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 bubblefilled 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: sharityproductions@earthlink.net. This should be a sold out performance, and we encourage everyone to get their show tickets as early as possible.

BENEFIT/CAUSE Relay for Life Friday, May 8, 2015 7pm-1am College Park High School 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands It may come as a surprise to some to learn that Dr. Dave Mabry, elder at Faith Bible Church, is a cancer survivor. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This is only part of Dave’s story which he’ll be sharing on Friday, May 8, at 7 PM, as keynote speaker for RFL 2015. If you know Dr. Mabry, you know that he pulls no punches when it comes to lifting up Jesus. In fact, in his response to the invitation to speak before the assembly, Dave wanted the RFL committee to know ahead of time, “I’m a Jesus person.” Come early to get a front row seat to hear Dr. Mabry and, as RFL is approaching, RFL is certain that Dave would appreciate your prayers for his speech to honor his Lord. No fee. Families welcome. Recommend 6:45 arrival.

ARTS Hazy Yet Vivid On View: May 22, 2015 - July 3, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, 2015, 6pm-8pm Fresh Arts 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston Fresh Arts presents “Hazy Yet Vivid”, an exhibition of new works from artist team Shane Allbritton and Peter Bernick-Allbritton that features freestanding wooden zoetrope sculptures, assemblages and collages. Using photographic techniques such as slit scanning and strip photography, which compress a sequence of images over time into a collection of strips composing a singular gesture, the artists reinterpret their immediate environment into elaborate visual distortions of memory retrieval. The public is invited to an opening reception beginning at 6 p.m. on May 22 at Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is available.

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.

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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 darbykachmar@me.com 936-2285126 or Marilyn Lowry mlowry3@comcast. net or 936-447-1579 Fee is $10 per session, no reservation necessary Conroe Art League Every Thursday 2pm-4:30pm Painting with Pastels This is an ongoing weekly course, beginning February 5, 2015. The class meets every Thursday from 2:00pm - 4:30pm in the upstairs classroom at the Conroe Art League Gallery - 127 Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301. Painting in pastels is quick, easy, colorful, beautiful, very portable - and FUN! Handled correctly, pastels will last many lifetimes and their pure colors never fade, crack, or peel. No stress and no pressure here to paint a masterpiece. You’ll learn how to turn “happy accidents” into a part of your painting, or erase it - pastels are very forgiving. Everyone will hjave a chance to experiment with different techniques and materials, and you’ll develop your own unique style over time. For those who are new to art, you’ll learn the basics of drawing and painting. For more experienced artists who are new to pastels, you’ll learn the characteristics and techniques that are unique to pastels. At the end of each class, you’ll have a finished or nearly-finished painting to take home, ready for framing. Each student is encouraged to learn at their own pace. You are welcomed to do a 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

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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 free2b@consolidated.net.


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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF? by Bart Pearston

“You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas” ― David Crockett“ While fixing my son up for his prom Saturday afternoon, I asked him about the hair on his, “chinny, chin, chin”. To my surprise, my 20 year old had NEVER heard the story of the three little pigs. As I did his finger and toenails, he loved the story and was glad WE live in a brick house. Strangely, he knows “Chicken Little” very Bart Pearston well thanks to the movie a few years back. It was the exact opposite for me growing up and made me stop to consider the impact of the two. Being a Boy Scout growing up I lived by the motto, “Be prepared”. There are definite risks we must prepare for in life. Some are woefully unprepared, and remind me of the pig who built the house out of the materials which required the least effort to gather (straw). Some do marginal effort (wood) that can withstand marginal attacks. Others are well prepared (bricks) and take the effort to be safe against any reasonable events. I call them “responsible”. The other story however reminded me of those who panic from any bumps they suffer. Living in Texas, I have come to appreciate those who store “Emergency supplies”, each year when May 1st hits. Only the most recent of arrivers don’t know this is “Hurricane Season’s Opening Day”.

Thankfully the “experts” who have predicted a hurricane would likely hit the Gulf Coast every one of the past 7 seasons have been wrong. The expansion of the I-45 stretch through Northern Harris and Southern Montgomery Counties got a huge wake up call back in 2005 from the debacle known as “The Hurricane Rita” evacuation. With an additional 1.3 Million people added since then to the Greater Houston area according to DHS statistics (from 5.2 to 6.5 million) evacuation could be that much more challenging. Please remember to use judgement and be neither over or under prepared as we enter Hurricane season. I know of a few “preppers” who are expecting an economic disaster any day now. They point to the 1%ers who have actually started buying negative interest bonds to “protect” their wealth. Some look at the chaos regarding terrorism globally or the downturn in the oil patch and are obsessed with fear. I call these, “Chicken Littles”. Doom and Gloom only gets you depressed.

Friday, May 8, 2015 7pm - 1am College Park High School 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands

This isn’t healthy. Either way, this month is called MAY for a reason. In Houston, we don’t know that something will happen, but we don’t know that something won’t either. I was once told that the most common phrase in the Bible was: “It came to pass.” I hope that this date will be a reminder not to be like the two Little Pigs, or even worse like Chicken Little. Ignorance may truly be “bliss”, but only until action is required Texans have been able to take Mother Nature’s worst for decades. Let’s not change now. Next week, Houston vs Dallas, Is there really any debate left?

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SIPPIN’ AROUND TOWN / COVER STORY

EFISIO FARRIS

CHEF, AUTHOR, RESTAURATEUR HE IS HOUSTON’S MOST INTERESTING MAN story by Jamie Alvear

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Arcodoro is located in the heart of the Uptown District. This hidden gem has been serving up great Italian and Sardinian dishes for 18 years. The man behind this phenomenal restaurant is Efisio Farris. Efisio is a chef, author, businessman, and restaurateur. He has appeared as a guest chef on cooking shows, been a key note speaker at conventions across the country, and has received multiple honors and awards. However, he won’t tell you any of that when you meet him. A reserved and quiet man, Efisio was hesitant to talk about himself, but not his country. Just minutes into our conversation, it was apparent that his love of Sardinia runs deep. He was eager to show me photos of his homeland on his cell phone and talk about his culture and cuisine. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Historically it was occupied and

raided by many countries before it became part of Italy in 1850. This heavily influenced the food in Sardinia and helped create the vibrant and diverse symphony of flavors that exist today. Sheep outnumber people in Sardinia and shepherds carefully watch over the flocks. Meat, cheese, and pasta are the main staples in the diet of the Sardinian people. Seafood dishes only became popular within the last few centuries since most people lived inland for protection from invasions. The main products of Sardinia are cheese, wine, olive oil, artichokes, and tomatoes. Cork trees also grow on the island and 80% of Italian cork comes from Sardinia. In 2007, Efisio published a cookbook titled Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey. Named after the myrtle berries that cover the island and the bitter honey that is beloved in Sardinia, this book is so much more than just a collection of recipes. It is a tribute to the people and traditions of Sardinia and filled with pages of cooking techniques and family stories. After writing the cookbook and realizing many people may not have access to some of the unique ingredients, Efisio created a line of products called Gourmet Sardinia. This allowed authentic Sardinian products to be available to American consumers. Wine is taken very seriously in Sardinia and many families make their own wine. Grapes have grown on the island for thousands of years and the soil and climate help impart sumptuous flavors into unique grape varietals such as Vermentino di Gallura, Carignano, and Cagnulari. Efisio’s family winery produces five outstanding wines that are served at Arcodoro and also available at Spec’s. I was invited by Leon Sierra of Mid-State Wines to try these incredible wines along with the magnificent Sardinian fare of Arcodoro. The restaurant is beautiful with a simple rustic charm. It has several different seating areas that include a patio, bistro, bar, formal dining, private rooms, and a cozy wine cellar for two. Efisio immediately made

me feel welcome. I wasn’t just a diner in a restaurant; I was a guest in his home. We started with Efix, a Sardosecco Italian Sparkling Wine made from Vermentino. Crisp and fruity, Efix was the perfect aperitif as we sat and talked. Next came the Vermentino in a still wine called Serenu, which means serene. Along with the wine came baskets of Pane Carasau, also known as music bread for its resemblance to sheet music and the crisp sound it makes when you break off a piece. Seafood salad, mozzarella pomodoro, and an arugula salad with Bresaola were also brought out to pair with the Serenu. The final white wine was a reserve Vermentino called Lughente. Creamy, crisp, and floral, it was a delightful accompaniment to the grilled portabella mushrooms over polenta, shrimp scampi with fregula (a Sardinian pasta similar to couscous), and seared diver scallops with cauliflower puree. The bold red wines in Efisio’s portfolio were aptly paired with some of his signature dishes. First was Fidatu, a blend of Cagnulari, Merlot, and Sangiovese. It was served with Tortelloni Neri con Sugo di Aragosta, a striking squid ink tortelloni stuffed with ricotta and nettle leaves served with a lobster sauce. This dish was recently served at the Sugarland Wine and Food Affair’s La Dolce Vita dinner. The final wine, Terra Saliosa, a blend of Merlot, Carignano, and Bovale Sardo, was served with a pistachio crusted lamb chop. This lush and fruity wine was the ideal match for the lamb. As a special treat I also got to sample a Grapparita, house made Limoncello, and a digestivo called Mirto. Mirto is a Sardinian liqueur made from the myrtle berries. It’s great for sipping as you talk about the wonderful meal you just enjoyed. It is customary in Sardinia to provide guests with the best you have to offer and that is what you will find when you dine at Arcodoro. Efisio was the perfect host and his staff provided exceptional service. We drank wine, toasted, ate lots of food, and had fun. It was truly a memorable evening. Efisio Farris’ goal is to educate the world about Sardinia and he has made a believer out of me. I encourage everyone to visit Arcodoro and get a taste of the wonderful food and wine of Sardinia.

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PUBLIC NEWS GIG GUIDE CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203 no website 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 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 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 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 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 May 2 Rhythm Bandits Sun May 3 Tubie Pushee Sat May 9 Dunville Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000 www.theredbricktavern.com Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch Thur Apr 30 Jeremy Stedding Fri May 1 Roy Schneider & Kimberly Mayfield Sat May 2 Grant Harrison

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CYPRESS CREEK Acadia 3939 FM 1960 W., Houston 281-893-2860 www.acadiabarandgrill.com 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 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 *] 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 Weekday shows & Sunday, doors open at 8pm Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9pm [unless otherwise mentioned] First band listed is headliner/or plays last. Music starts at 10. Mondays 8pm Open Mic Comedy Night [Free] Fri. May 1 Burn the Boats,Hogs of War,Khobretti Sat. May 2 We Are the Asteroid,The Electric Knives, Tan Dragon Clan Wed. May 6 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-8pm Free! 8pm-11pm [$5] Thu. May 7 Deathpunk Slursdays w/Vanity Crimes, Dead to the World, Jared SanMiguel Spinning Vinyl at 8pm and 11pm [$3] Fri. May 8 Delorian Rising, Treehouse Project, The Dead Links [$8] Sat. May 9 Visionary Noise presents: Space Villians, Blood Sucking Fiends Wed. May 13 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-8pm Free! 8pm-11pm [$5] Thu. May 14 Sun Thieves, 72Names, Slang(Atlanta), Metanoia Fri. May 15 Double CD Relese Party w/Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom*Morgue City Sat. May 16 Only Beast, Lick Lick, Toxic Waste Sun. May 17 Altercation Comedy Show Tue.May 19 Bootown presents: Grown Up Story Time 8pm Show and 10pm show -- [$5] Wed. May 20 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-8pm Free!

8pm-11pm [$5] Thur May 21 Bootown presents: I Don’t Wanna, You Can’t Make Me(Benshi show)Doors at 730 show at 8pm Fri. May 22 Giant Kitty, Poon, The Bad Drugs, Fat Mannequin Sat. May 23 Ugly Americans, Bald Eagle Burger, Lords of the Universe Sun. May 24 Bootown presents: I Don’t Wanna, You Can’t Make Me (Benshi show) Doors at 730 show at 8pm Wed. May 27 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-8pm Free! 8pm-11pm [$5] Thur. May 28 Rudyard’s Beer Tasting @7pm Fri. May 29 Slow Future, Hired Goons, Spare Bones (Doors at 8:30pm) [$8] Sat. May 30 Vanity Crimes-CD Release w/ Carry the Storm, Switchblade Lover

NORTH SPRING 19th Hole Grill & Bar 202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574 www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows] 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 Thu May 28 8pm Tribe Hill Fri May 29 8pm Bury the Burden, Rockett Queen, Another Pearl Harbor Sat May 30 8pm Bow Before Horus Fri Jun 05 8pm Hitting Subset, Calamity Jane, The Victory At Maple Sat Jun 20 8pm Killa Maul, Snake Skin Prison Fri Jul 24 8pm Big Bald Brian 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 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 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 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


MUSIC NOTES & NEWS Papa’s Ice House 314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140 www.papasicehousetx.com No music announced

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 30 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 1 9pm Fri May 7 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 8 9pm Fri May 14 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 15 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 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 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 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 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

HIGH ON FIRE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, LUMINIFEROUS, JUNE 23 LEGENDARY METAL BAND POISED TO LIGHT UP HEAVY MUSIC LANDSCAPE WITH RELEASE OF SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis. Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music. “We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.” After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King. Track listing: 1 - The Black Plot 2 - Carcosa 3 - The Sunless Years 4 - Slave the Hive 5 - The Falconist 6 - Dark Side of the Compass 7 - The Cave 8 - Luminiferous 9 - The Lethal Chamber HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass). POP EVIL RELEASE FIRST EPISODE OF BEHIND THE SCENES STUDIO DOCUMENTARY ALL NEW LP DUE OUT THIS SUMMER POP EVIL have released episode one of eight of an all new in the studio / making of documentary surrounding the fast approaching LP due out later this year. “We are excited to show our fans an inside look at what it was like for us to live and record in Seattle,” says frontman Leigh Kakaty. “PEIV took us out of our comfort zone resulting in what we feel like is our best work yet.” Directed by longtime director and collaborator Scott Corl, the series aims to give the fans an inside look at the making of the band’s highly anticipated release. POP EVIL recently wrapped up production in Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with veteran producer Adam Kasper on their all new LP due out this summer. Kasper is notable for producing mega-hit records for bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Foo Fighters. The yet to be titled effort will be quite the anticipated follow up to the band’s previous LP, ONYX (debuting #39 on the Billboard Top

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200 and #9 on the Independent Charts) that was released in 2013 and recently reached 180,000 copies sold domestically according to Nielsen SoundScan - a feat not easily accomplished in the current state of rock. ONYX also produced FOUR Top 10 singles on the Active Rock Chart with THREE of them reaching number one with its tracks: “Trenches,” “Deal with the Devil” and “Torn to Pieces.” Since ONYX was released, the band have played over 250 shows in support. Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival alongside GODSMACK, supporting STONE SOUR in the U.S. and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in Europe were just some of the highlights from last year. The band also made headlines with their memorable Rock on the Range Festival performance in Columbus, OH. Not only did they perform “Trenches” with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, but the band brought 13 Marines on stage showcasing the Lima Company Eyes of Freedom Memorial to stand behind them during the performance. By the time 2014 came to a close, the band found their songs atop the year end charts at Billboard Magazine. “Torn to Pieces” landed at #7 on the “Top Mainstream Rock Songs” while POP EVIL themselves came in at #4 on the “Mainstream Rock Artists” chart. POP EVIL IS: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Chachi Riot (Drums) ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC / GOOD FIGHT MUSIC SIGNS AURAS ALL NEW EP CRESTFALLEN DUE OUT MAY 5, 2015 Canadian progressive metal band AURAS has signed a deal with Entertainment One Music / Good Fight Music with plans to release Crestfallen, an all new EP on May 5th, 2015. “We are proud to announce that we have signed with Good Fight/eOne Music! We are super excited and look forward to working with such amazing teams!,” says guitarist Josh Ligaya. The new EP will be the band’s followup to Panacea, which was released in 2013 and is available for streaming on their official Bandcamp. A standalone single title “Adverse Condition” released just a few months later is also available. The band recently announced a new batch of tour dates supporting CHON and new label-mate headliners THE CONTORTIONIST. Hailing from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, AURAS is comprised of four friends bound by groove, and centered by a constant pulse. Specializing in adrenaline-clenching polymetric melodies and breakdowns heavier than your average cement truck. Crestfallen Track listing 1. Thrown 2. Terrene 3. Inordinate 4. Adverse Condition 5. Boundless Panacea, the band’s debut LP was released in January of 2013. Recorded and mixed by Chris Cosentino at Citadel Studio. Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering. Guest solo in “Aporia” by Aaron Marshall of Intervals. Guest vocals in “Sciolist” by Kyle Anderson of The Afterimage. AURAS is: Josh Ligaya - Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Hallman - Guitar, Nathan Bulla - Drums, Eric Almeida - Vocals

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THE BLUE MAGOOS AND THE PSYCHEDELIC LOLLIPOP by Mark Crampton The Blues Magoos first incarnation was as The Trenchcoats in Greenwich Village in 1964 (Ralph Scala, Emil Thielhelm, Ron Gilbert, Dennis LePore and Jon Finnegan), but by 1966, with some member changes (Mike Esposit and Geoff Daking replaced LePore and Finnegan) and the group’s name changed to The Blues Magoos, they became the first of the “Psychedelic” bands of that era.

Their first, and best selling album “Psychedelic Lollipop” (released in late 1966) was the very first album to feature “Psychedelic” in the title. The band released a total of five albums in their original career, but none were chart-toppers, and their primary success was singles – many of which the B-side was the more popular song for radio play! The band’s biggest radio hit single, “We

Ain’t got Nothin’ Yet”, featured an organ riff that was directly ripped off from James Burton’s guitar riff on Ricky Nelson’s hit “Summertime”. Many other bands also ripped of this riff, but none were ever challenged in court. The Blues Magoos only tour was in 1967, as the opening band for The Who and headliner band Herman’s Hermits. Due to conflicts with their record company and managers, the Blues Magoos split up in 1968, although several incarnations with different members using the band’s name continued on until 1970, before the band completely faded from the music scene. In 2008, Scala, Castro and Daking revived The Blues Magoos for two concerts in New York and a 2009 festival in Spain. In 2014 the reincarnated Blues Magoos released their sixth album “Psychedelic Resurrection”, and the band is currently touring again! The band’s first album “Psychedelic Lollipop” undoubtedly has their best recordings, and as a child of the psychedelic movement of the ‘60s I whole-heartedly recommend it! Perversly, what I consider the band’s absolute finest musical effort was their recording of “Tobacco Road” on this album, but at 4:30 minutes it was just one minute too long for radio play in that era, so was never a hit! I have probably a hundred or more versions of “Tobacco Road”, by any and every musical group and artist you can imagine (and a few you can’t! I consider the version by Spooky Tooth the second best, and the version by David Lee Roth the worst ever!), but I still consider this original version of “Tobacco Road” by The Blues Magoos on their first album “Psychedelic Lollipop” the best ever recorded!

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HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE 80’s SUPERGROUP OF THE 21st CENTURY

VANCE JOY

Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ Wins Grand Prize in 2014 International Songwriting Competition May 1, 2015 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition in the world, has today announced its 2014 winners. With over 18,000 entries submitted from 118 countries, a total of 345 songwriters are honored in the competition. ISC’s overall Grand Prize is awarded to Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy for his song “Riptide.” It is the first time in ISC’s 14-year history that any entrant has ever received perfect scores across the board. The song is being called an instant classic by both critics and fans across the world, launching Joy’s career with sold-out tours, worldwide chart success, and critical acclaim. “It is such an honor to win this songwriting prize,” Joy said in a statement. “Writing songs is what gives me a feeling of purpose. I’m proud to receive this award voted on by my songwriting peers.” The Grand Prize winner receives $25,000 in cash plus $45,000 in services and merchandise, including a custom-built Lowden guitar valued at over $11,000, a Hammond organ, Abelton Push and Live 9 Suite, and much more. Winners were selected by a panel of Judges which included: American Authors, Pat Metheny, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, Avicii, Sara Evans, Keane, Casting Crowns, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C), Newsboys, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, London Grammar, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Gerald Casale (Devo), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Craig Kallman (Chairman/ CEO, Atlantic Records), Mike Smith (President, Virgin EMI Records), Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records), Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK), and many more. “ISC is one of the most successful ways for artists to have their music heard and recognized on not only a national scale, but also an international one,” states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. “The competition encourages songwriters to create, develop, and challenge their artisty by creating something truly meaningful. It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents, as well as to be awarded respect and validation for their accomplishments. Vance

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NICK’S LOCAL EATS

Rakuu Restaurant

Metro Houston’s Finest Asian Cuisine story and photos by Nick Rama additional photos courtesy Brian Le

A few months ago I noticed while driving down FM 2920 there was a new Asian place called Rakuu Restaurant. I finally had a chance to stop in for lunch one day and was very impressed by the ambiance of the place (more on that later). I didn’t expect something this nice in a strip center in Spring, TX. I am really glad I stopped. I have returned many times because the food is excellent. For me what sets Rakuu Restaurant apart is that you have a variety of Asian styles all in one place, whether you want Chinese, Vietnamese, sushi or Thai. Rakuu Restaurant has them all and do all of them very well. Everything is served fresh using the highest quality ingredients (no unidentifiable mystery meat like some other Chinese restaurants that I have been to). The service is always on point, food comes out in a timely manner and the restaurant is always clean. Rakuu is owned by a young man named Bryan Le, who you can tell really cares about his establishment and wants to serve the best of everything. I sat down with Bryan and picked his brain a little to learn more about Rakuu. Why did you decide to do many different Asian cuisines at Rakuu and which Asian cuisines do you favor? We were motivated by the idea of bringing Asia’s finest cuisines to the customer. In order to carry out that mission we decided to hire four different chefs. Each Chef handles their own cuisine specialty in hopes of keeping the authenticity of the food close to the original. We have sushi, Chinese cuisine and Vietnamese foods. By offering a variety of tastes we give our customers a chance to try out different foods in one location. Why did you decide to open a restaurant? It was a passion passed down from my parents. We just wanted to see the happiness in people’s faces when they’re eating good food, and we’re striving every day to achieve that goal. I love the ambience here. You would never expect something this nice in a strip center. Why did you go for such a posh look? We are trying to keep a delicate balance of modern, nice and clean, but warm and welcoming. We are not trying to

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intimidate guests who arrive in casual attire. It is, after all, in a strip mall. The ambient light creates a warm, intimate environment which helps enhance the relaxing mood we try to create.

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.

Tell me about your Sushi chef? Our sushi chefs were professionally trained and have many years of experiences. However, at Rakuu we’re equally proud of our food quality. The sushi chefs were told to pay exceptional attention when making the sushi in order to ensure that it comes out exactly the way it’s supposed to. What sets Rakuu apart from other Asian restaurants? We are customer oriented; therefore the first and foremost priority is to serve delicious, healthy food. We hand pick all our supplies and only the freshest are used to make food for our customers. We acknowledge that it is impossible to please everybody and sometime we do make mistakes, but we are willing to learn and admit our faults in order to serving our customers better. For each style of cusine that you represent, name your best dishes? Chinese – General Tso Chicken Sushi – Skai Roll Thai –Pad Thai Vietnamese – Pho Do you serve Beer and Wine? Yes. We do have a decent beer and wine selection which are specifically picked for us by an experienced wine provider. We have imported beer, domestic beer, red wine, white wine, sake (hot or cold), flavored sake and unfiltered sake. What are your Happy Hour specials? Everyday from 4pm -6pm, we offer 40% off in house wine, 1.50 on domestic beers and 2.50 on imported beers, also 10 % off on all specialty rolls. Additionally we have other small plates from $2.95 -$5.50 Five Words that best describe Rakuu Restaurant? Healthy, Delicious, Affordable, Ambiance, Clean. Rakuu Restaurant can be found at: 5200 FM 2920 #190, Spring, TX 77388 www.rakuurestaurant.com (281) 651-5464

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OPEN 11am - 9pm Mon - Sat Closed Sundays tacocrave.net

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

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Meditations in the Garden: story by Rosanne Friedman

Lighting the path in the McGovern Garden, opposite the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is a Japanese Stone Lantern, a gift from Chiba, Japan -Houston’s Sister City. Houston and Chiba have been Sister Cities by Mayoral decree since 1972 we celebrate forty three years of harmonious exchange. In Chiba is the Sapporo Beer Factory. It is an automated factory with more tour guides than workers to send out a million bottles of beer a day. Sapporo is a rice lager that has the taste equivalence to…. do you want to guess…Budweiser! Another rice lager, Houston and Chiba have a lot in common. Coincidences never cease. When our students go to Chiba in the student exchange program (an annual program celebrating it’s 33th year) they are awarded uniforms of the Chiba Lotte Marines, Chiba’s professional baseball team in Japan’s Pacific League. There are currently seven former major league American players playing with them: Craig Brazell, Tadahito Iguchi, Josh Whitesell, Dicky Gonzalez, Seth Greisinger, Wil Ledezma, and Carlos Rosa. Our Major League Baseball has had a total of 53 players playing from Japan. As Houston loves its Astros, Chiba loves its Lotte Marines. Chiba gave Houston a beautiful example of this traditional lantern called a toro, they can be made from stone, wood, or metal, this one is stone. Originally they were used on the grounds of Buddhist temples where they lined and illuminated paths. In the sixteenth century Japanese Tea masters included the stone lantern in Buddhist tea gardens as a means to light the way with their rustic beauty and rich light. Full of symbolism this traditional form represents the five elements of Buddhist cosmology: the bottom most piece touching the ground is “chi” or the earth. The next section represents “sui” or water, then “ka” or fire, where the lantern is lit. “Fu” air and “Ku” for void or spirit are represented by the last two sections, the top-most pointing to the sky. For Beer, Baseball and Beauty in the Garden, Houston and Chiba have a lot in common and we can lift a beer to toast to our long friendship and to our friendship for many years to come.

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Back by Popular Demand, Limited Engagement! Tickets on Sale May 3

Houston – Back by popular demand, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) invites you to take a trip back under the sea for the return engagement of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! This fun-filled, timeless tale will play for five performances only September 10 – 13 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is back to thrill TUTS audiences! The show features all of the favorite songs like “Under The Sea” and “Part of Your World” as well as new songs written by Oscar-winning Disney composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. Lyrics are by Howard Ashman and Glen Staler and book by Doug Wright. TUTS will kick off Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Houston this September and will then co-present the production in four additional cities. After closing on Broadway in 2009, The Little Mermaid underwent two years of intensive work to fine-tune and master the production. In 2014, TUTS produced the revised version which included mesmerizing scenery, dazzling new costumes and high-flying action. TUTS’ 2015/16 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. Tickets (starting at only $25) on sale May 3: 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) 5588888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com.

THE MEANING OF ENTERTAINMENT When we find ourselves analytically discussing a film, whether it be an older classic or a newer hit, one argument often comes about as a way to end the conversation. That argument is generally phrased along the lines of, “Well, at the end of the day, movies are just for entertainment.” While I agree with this sentiment, I feel there’s much more to it than implied. In the conversations I’ve had about films, the position that films are only meant to entertain is generally applied for the sake of voiding all other points regarding said film. It’s as if we’re only allowed to take what we watch at face value, and not dive deeper into that film’s mythology. Frankly, this is no way to experience cinema, and to do so, I feel, is a waste of the art form. What exactly does Glen Ryan Tadych “entertainment” mean? What does it mean in regard to cinema, and furthermore, what does it mean to the individual filmgoer? Since film is subjective, the criteria of entertainment can mean various things to different people, just as different films make people

feel a variety of emotions in a variety of ways. My curiosity regarding this subject became further aroused last week after watching Hotel Rwanda (2004)—the true story of Paul Rusesabagina’s noble efforts during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide—and coming across a 2010 CNN interview with Don Cheadle, who portrays Rusesabagina in the film. During this interview, a viewer-submitted question brings up the concern of whether Hollywood would turn down films like Hotel Rwanda because of their inability to be entertaining due to a depressing atmosphere. In response, Cheadle said this: “...The movie’s first goal is to be entertaining, and that doesn’t just mean it has to be some frivolous thing that you walk out of the theater and forget about. It needs to be a film that people can lose themselves in and pull them out of their normal, everyday existence and transport them to another place.” The second sentence captures exactly what entertainment is and what an entertaining film is. When people say, “Movies are only supposed to entertain,” in a negative way, they mean to say, “Nothing else matters. You just watch it and you’re done.” People say this because they disagree with what’s being said by others, or they simply don’t care to look at a film beyond what

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PG-13 83 min Documentary | Biography | History A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. Director: Albert Maysles Stars: Carl Apfel, Iris Apfel

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Avengers: Age of Ultron PG-13 141 min Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller When Tony Stark tries to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Director: Joss Whedon Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth Far from the Madding Crowd [Limited] PG-13 119 min Drama In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak,

they saw in the theater. One doesn’t have to break down a movie piece by piece after watching it. If one just wants to sit back, enjoy, and forget about it upon leaving, that’s more than fine. But don’t reduce the subject of entertainment to nothing more than a meaningless experience. In a different approach to the significance of entertainment, James Spader made an intriguing point in a BlackTree TV interview for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Host Alex Hudgens stated she found the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be “Shakespearean” due to their revolving around war and peace, and good versus evil. Upon asking Spader and his co-star Paul Bettany their opinion on whether the Marvel films were “just action movies” and “pure entertainment” as opposed to something deeper like Shakespeare, Spader made one simple point: Shakespeare was entertainment. Entertainment can account for more than something simplistic and forgetful. If anything, true entertainment is found in the deepest emotional elements of a story. To be entertained is to be pulled in and lost in someone else’s world. When you take the journey with that character, the emotions you feel alongside them is you being entertained.

a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Director: Thomas Vinterberg Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge Welcome to Me [Limited] R 105 min Comedy | Drama When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Director: Shira Piven Stars: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley Iris [Limited]

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [Limited] R 114 min Adventure | Comedy After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. Director: Felix Herngren Stars: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer Ride [Limited] R 93 min Comedy A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer. Director: Helen Hunt Stars: Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, Robert Knepper Far from Men [Limited] 101 min Drama A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident, and is then ordered to turn him in to the authorities. Director: David Oelhoffen Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin

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Joy exemplifies the extraordinary talent we are looking to honor.” Having already sold more than a million copies worldwide, “Riptide” was inspired by a motel that Joy visited as a child when he would go on family holidays down the coast of Australia, staying at a motel named Riptide. The motel became the title of this memorable song that not only has charmed the world but has also led to the explosion of Joy’s career. Soon to embark on a seven-month tour as the support act for pop superstar Taylor Swift, the Australian is popping up everywhere, including recently performing “Riptide” on the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. Joy’s accomplishments also include reaching the #1 spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100, and the single has been certified 5x platinum in Australia and 2x Platinum in the US. Furthermore, the songwriter took home the prestigious 2014 APRA award for Song of The Year. The track also went to #30 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the Rock Airplay chart. Created in 2002, ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to winners of the competition. Winners range from amateur songwriters who are just starting their careers to professional songwriters who have years worth of experience. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, For King & Country, and many more. ISC is sponsored by: Lowden Guitars, Hammond USA, Abelton, Gauge Microphones, Slate Digital, DiscMakers, D’Addario, Taxi, IndieProMix and FinalMix, Inc., Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq., Berklee College of Music, Thayers, AirPlay Direct, Celebrity Access, SongU, The Music Business Registry, Lurssen Mastering, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat. ISC is now accepting entries for 2015. More information can be found at: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

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 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 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

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 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 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 Age of Adaline

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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 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


FILM IN THEATERS 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 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. 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 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 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

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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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