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TOMBALL’S MUSIC SCENE WHAT HOUSTON HAS FAILED TO DO, TOMBALL IS MAKING IT HAPPEN! What makes for a perfect Live Music District? After all Dallas, Austin, Galveston and San Antonio have a vibrant music district. Why not Houston? What is it that keeps Houston from building something cool like that? Do we suck, or what? Is Houston on the imaginary live music blacklist that keeps real good bands from coming here and playing the clubs? Some clubs have that option figured out, but to make it work a live music patron would need a car, moped or taxi since these places are not just down the street from each other. This is the way it’s been in Houston since the first settler came here and said, “Let us build a city that will house NASA, HP and Ken Petty a number of energy companies, but one that really sucks at hosting live music events.” Now for the ‘cooler than crap’ part. Someone in the Houston area is getting this done and you won’t believe where it is! It’s Tomball! Freaking little, Michael Berry teasing, off the new beaten path tollway, Tomball! Who would have thought this? No one, that’s who. There are a total of four venues in Tomball that are right along the Main Street /Market Street corridor of town. Main Street Crossing, The Empty Glass, Brautigams and Cheers. There is a fifth venue that should be picked up in Tomball that used to be the home of Gary’s Spot/Darwins. So, Tomball is on its way to being the Austin of

Houston. Now... what about other ‘little’ towns like Tomball? Conroe is promising with just two clubs; Red Brick Tavern and The Corner Pub right across the street from each other. Willis used to be the “Nashville of SE Texas” and then squandered that title to some little town near Beaumont. Old Town Spring has a few, but they generally roll up the sidewalks around 5pm and even those venues might put on a show once or twice a month, as opposed to two shows per weekend. So what’s up with Houston? Well, for starters it would be great to have a city that could stay with one name for a sporting venue before either changing it because the old name is an embarrassment, goodbye Enron, hello Minute Maid, or the old company just wanted to change their name, goodbye Reliant, hello NRG. So, until Houston put’s THAT house in order, let’s let the smaller venues do what they do best; put on the best damn show in Texas. DEADLINES, GOTTA HAVE ‘EM For a young paper, deadlines are kinda loose. Currently they are about as loose as they can get. So, the next issue of the Public News will be a two-week issue covering Memorial Day. Hopefully we can get everyone on the same timetable by tightening up deadlines. The new deadline for everything is Friday 5pm. That applies to advertising space, writers, editorial submissions, events, music listings, everything. If it’s later than Friday 5pm, it doesn’t make it into that issue of the Public News. There are a few exceptions to that rule, but it appears that many take that exception to heart. So, a two week issue should help us get everything together as it should be!

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A. D. PLAYERS BRINGS TO STAGE THE MIRACLE WORKER Houston, TX - A. D. Players announces that their final Mainstage production of the season, The Miracle Worker will open May 13 and run through June 21, 2015 on the Grace Theater stage. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Play, The Miracle Worker is the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. “The Miracle Worker is the true story of the coming together of two remarkable people, Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan.... Each had a life full of tremendously difficult experiences... that primed them for the journey they were to take together. One was ready (and hungry) to be taught, the other was ready to help her learn about and communicate with the world around her.” --- John Tyson, Director The cast of The Miracle Worker includes A. D. Players’ resident actors Patty Tuel Bailey, Craig Griffin, Ric Hodgin, Christy Watkins, as well as Guest Artists Arianna Bermudez, Elizabeth Marshall Black, McKay Lawless, Jesse Merrill, and Elena Vazquez. The production team features scenic design by Mark A Lewis, lighting design by Andrew Vance, properties design by Abigail Kehr, costume design by Donna Southern Schmidt, and sound design by Santry Rush. Directed by John Tyson. A. D. Players’ Grace Theater is located at 2710

W. Alabama, in Houston, Texas 77098. The Miracle Worker runs May 13- June 21, 2015. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. There will be one Wednesday Matinee on June 3rd, 2015 at 2:30pm and one Saturday Matinee on May 30th at 2:30pm. *Preview performances are Wednesday, May 13th and Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm.* Tickets may be purchased online at www.adplayers.org, at A. D. Players’ Box Office, 2710 W. Alabama, or by calling 713-526-2721. Ticket prices range from $20-$40 for single tickets. Group, student, and senior discounts are available. Following each Thursday performance, the audience is invited to stay and visit with the cast and creative team about the play. Founded in 1967 by Jeannette Clift George, A. D. Players pioneered a unique style of theater committed to producing plays and programs that uphold human value, offer creativity, and promote literacy and education. The company is one of Houston’s largest resident theater companies, impacting more than nine million people. Annually, the company produces five Mainstage shows and four Children’s Theater performances, fields a National Touring Unit, and maintains a year-round Theater Arts Academy. A. D. Players is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. We share our mission with volunteers, community associates, and those who make our work possible through their support. For additional information, visit www.adplayers.org or call 713526-2721.

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CINDERELLA COMES TO THE HOBBY CENTER IN HOUSTON FROM MAY 26 – JUNE 7 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play the Hobby Center for a limited engagement from May 26 – June 7. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. Audrey Cardwell (national tours of Anything Goes and Elf) has stepped into the iconic glass slippers as Ella. Ready to sweep Ella off her feet, Andy Huntington Jones plays the role of Prince Topher. Andy was a member of the original Broadway company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and understudied the role of Prince Topher. The touring cast also features Kecia Lewis (Leap of Faith, The Drowsy Chaperone) as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Beth Glover (Grey Gardens, All Shook Up) as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, David Andino (50 Shades! The Musical) as Jean-Michele, Kaitlyn Davidson (R+H’s Cinderella, Nice Work if You Can Get It) as Gabrielle, Aymee Garcia (Shrek The Musical, Avenue Q) as Charlotte, Antoine L. Smith (Memphis) as Lord Pinkleton and Branch Woodman (R+H’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie) as Sebastian. Rounding out the ensemble are Adrian Baidoo, Summer Broyhill, Cody Davis, Jennifer Evans, Rachel Fairbanks, Alexandra Frohlinger, Tessa Grady, Jordana Grolnick, Eric Anthony Johnson, Danielle Jordan, Ben Lanham, Sean Seymour, Blakely Slaybaugh, Lauren Sprauge, Paige Williams, Tanner Ray Wilson, Thad Turner Wilson and John Yi. Cinderella has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by

Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob. One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Cinderella was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with Cinderella, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Mr. Beane’s book for Cinderella blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Awardwinner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg. The Cinderella tour is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Caiola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May, Sanford Robertson, Eric Schmidt, James Spry and Blanket Fort Productions. TUTS will offer several special events and add-on packages in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience: OUT@TUTS post-show cast party - Thursday, May 29 Grand Ballroom Breakfast (Downtown Aquarium) – Saturday, May 30 Royal VIP Party - Sunday, May 31 Lancaster Hotel Packages Tickets (starting at only $25) are available: Online at TUTS.com Phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882 In person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, (800 Bagby), Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Special offers are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com.


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HOUSTON BALLET’S MORRIS, WELCH & KYLIÁN FEATURES WORLD PREMIERES BY MARK MORRIS AND STANTON WELCH JIRI KYLIÁN’S SVADEBKA RETURNS TO HOUSTON Houston, Texas -- From May 28 through June 7, 2015 Houston Ballet offers up a mixed repertory program titled Morris, Welch & Kylián featuring three of today’s most dynamic and musical choreographers. A world premiere of The Letter V by acclaimed American choreographer Mark Morris, the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s Zodiac and the revival of Jiří Kylián’s iconic Svadebka make this program a must-see for all ballet lovers. Zodiac is made possible through the generosity of Leticia Loya. Houston Ballet will give six performances of Morris, Welch & Kylián at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets start at $20, and may be purchased at www.houstonballet.org, or by calling 713 227 2787. Mark Morris Creates World Premiere Set to Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 Mr. Welch is excited to add Houston Ballet’s first commissioned piece, titled The Letter V, by the legendary Mark Morris to the company’s repertoire. “Mark Morris is one of the landmark American choreographers, and he is a very important part of the dance scene in this country,” comments Mr. Welch. “It is important to have a work created here in Houston by one of the great dance makers of our time.” Since the 1980s, Mr. Morris has choreographed over 150 dances. Each dance exemplifies a style that is entirely his own, formed from a background of ballet, modern, postmodern, and folk dance. His work has earned Mr. Morris a reputation for being “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical,” by The New York Times. Mr. Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and saw his creativity flourish. From 1988-1991 he was the director of dance at Le Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brus-

sels; and in 1990 he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has choreographed works for San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet, among others. His work is currently in the repertory of Houston Ballet, Ballet West, Dutch National Ballet, New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and The Washington Ballet. His opera credits include directing and choreographing productions for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera and the Royal Opera, London. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the subject of a biography by Joan Acocella (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). In 2001, he opened Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York, his company’s first permanent headquarters in the U.S. Dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov has also praised Mr. Morris, calling him, “One of the great choreographers of our time.” Houston Ballet has three other works by Mr. Morris in its repertoire: Pacific (created 1995, performed by Houston Ballet in 2013), Sandpaper Ballet (created 1999, performed by Houston Ballet in 2005 and 2010), and Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes (created 1988, performed by Houston Ballet in 2012). Stanton Welch Creates Zodiac a World Premiere, with Original Score Composed by Ross Edwards Mr. Welch will create a new work inspired by the Greek mythology behind the zodiac. In ancient Greece, the signs of the greek zodiac were identified with twelve groups of stars (constellations) which can be seen in the night sky at different times during the year. Behind each one of these signs lies a fascinating story. The word “zodiac” itself, comes from a

Greek word meaning “the circle of animals” “animals” referring to all living creatures. And indeed, with the exception of the sign Libra, each one of the myths is associated with living beings, either animals or humans. Zodiac will mark the twenty-fourth ballet Mr. Welch has created for Houston Ballet. Long-time supporter and Houston Ballet Trustee Leticia Loya has generously underwritten Mr. Welch’s new ballet Zodiac. “I am so pleased to support this production,” Ms. Loya comments. “It’s exciting to be part of the process of having Stanton create a new work in Houston, on our beautiful dancers, and with a newly commissioned score by Ross Edwards.” Zodiac is set to a commissioned score by the famous Australian composer Ross Edwards. Mr. Edwards also composed the music for Welch’s Maninyas (created in 1996, performed by Houston Ballet in 2005 and 2014). One of Australia’s best known composers, Ross Edwards has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore its traditional association with ritual and dance. Intensely aware of his vocation since childhood, he studied in Australia and Europe, holds doctorates from the universities of Sydney and Adelaide and among many other awards has received the Order of Australia for services to composition. His music, universal in that it is concerned with age-old mysteries surrounding humanity, is at the same time deeply connected to its roots in Australia, whose cultural diversity it celebrates, and from whose natural environment it draws inspiration. The costumes for Zodiac will be designed by Eduardo Sicangco. A native of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Mr. Sicangco was a student of National Artist Salvador Bernal at the Ateneo de Manila University. He later became Bernal’s protégé at the Cultural Center

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of the Philippines where Sicangco designed Le Carnaval for Ballet Philippines. He then went to study in New York, earning a MFA in stage design at New York University where he was also awarded the J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Design. In addition to his work for ballet, Mr. Sicangco has over thirty years of experience as a designer and illustrator for Broadway, opera, and Hollywood film. Jiří Kylián’s Svadebka Returns Jiří Kylián’s abstract ballet for eight couples, Svadebka, rounds out the program. Russian for “wedding,” Svadebka is Kylián’s version of Les Noces, Igor Stravinsky’s powerful cantata about a peasant wedding. The work’s title has roots in the Russian peasant name for the wedding ceremony or wedding play, svádebnaya igrá. In the ballet, a young bride and groom become betrothed through the workings of matchmakers, bid farewell to their parents, and are married in an ecstatic wedding ceremony. Mr. Welch comments, “Svadebka is one of Kylián’s masterpieces. I find it a work that I can watch multiple times and not grow tired of it. The role of the bride is one of the most coveted in the Kylián repertoire.” First soloist Jessica Collado, who will dance the lead role of the bride, says, “So much of the ballet is about the ensemble and the unity of the group. But yet, as the bride, it is still such a personal experience to be a part of. Right from the start, a sense of urgency and anticipation is set, not only from Stravinsky’s epic score, but from Kylián’s athletic and expansive movement. It continues to build with excitement until the very end, leaving you feeling completely accomplished and

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Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge Saturday, May 23, 2015 Tomball Depot Plaza Presented by CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) this event features CASI cook teams, local business teams, a kids cook off, a Margarita pour off, live music, a kids zone plus food vendors. Free admissiom with free parking also available. The proceeds for this event benefit Tomball Christmas Charities.

FUN & FITNESS Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Tastefest Thursday, May 14, 2015 5pm-8pm Lone Star Convention Center 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, TX Bring your appetite and sample some local culinary delights from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers and more at the Conroe/ Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Tastefest presented by H-E-B. Guests can sample mouthwatering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries and beverages. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for two adults and $5 children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available to purchase at the Chamber, H-E-B and Gold’s Gym or visit conroe.org. 12th Annual Huntsville Beautification Golf Tournament Friday, June 19, 2015 1pm Raven Nest Golf Course It’s time to hit the greens at the 12th Annual Huntsville Beautification Golf Tournament! It’s a shotgun start at 1 pm on Friday, June 19th at the Raven Nest Golf Course.

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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 Lang Lang Joins Andrés Orozco-Estrada Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM Jones Hall No contemporary artist has made more of an impact on the classical world than Lang Lang. He has ascended to enormous popularity and has earned nicknames such as the classical music “rock star” by The Wall Street Journal, and landed a coveted spot on Time magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Lang Lang, who plays with dazzling technique and charisma, has been characterized for his “sensitive,” yet “deeply human” performances, and brings his colossal talent to Jones Hall to help close out the 2014-15 Season. Buy Single Tickets from $35 - $199 The Magic Flute [Mozart] Friday, May 15, 2015 8pm Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston Grand Opera Brings Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 15 Beautifully written music, exceptional vocals and dancing bears come to life as the Houston Grand Opera returns to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for “The Magic Flute” May 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating and free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. The opera tells a story of a dapper prince,

Tamino, who is rescued from a serpent by three mystical ladies working for the Queen of Night. In return for his rescue, the Queen of Night offers Tamino a deal. If he can save the Queen’s daughter Pamina from the evil Sarastro, she will allow the two to wed. Accompanied by a magic flute, Tamino sets off to save the beautiful princess. Although faced with hardship during Tamino’s journey, courage, virtue, and wisdom prevail. Pre-performance activities begin at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza. Children and parents can visit The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts Booth and Instrument Petting Zoo as well as activities by Woodforest National Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Century 21 Realty Partners and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House” and participate in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange. At the opera get insight into the evening’s program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and former college professor Ira J. Black from 7:15- 7:45 p.m. in the North Plaza. 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?


EVENT CALENDAR continued Continued from page 8 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. First Date (TUTS Production) Running June 11 - 21, 2015 Zilka Hall 800 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002 The final production in TUTS Underground’s 14/15 season is the lighthearted musical comedy First Date, playing at the Hobby Center June 11 - 21. Fresh off Broadway, this hilarious and hopeful musical chronicles a blind date between Aaron (who has never gone out with a stranger) and serial romancer Casey. As the night unfolds, various patrons in the busy New York restaurant transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Participate In TUTS “Worst” First Date Contest! In conjunction with TUTS Underground’s new musical comedy, First Date, send us your WORST first date stories for a chance to see your experience come to life in a hilarious animation. The TUTS Underground staff will choose the top three worst stories and have their animations set up for voting by your peers. The video with the most votes wins a pair (2) of tickets to the opening night of First Date and a show poster. 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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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.

tour and tasting of our products. Make your reservation online at BigThicketDistilling.com Big Thicket Distillery’s telephone number is 936-666-1341

GAMING Beginner HeroClix Sundays at 4:30pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 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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fulfilled.” Svadebka is set to Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky’s memorable Les Noces, considered to be one of the landmark works in dance history. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Stravinsky (18821971) composed daring and innovative pieces that changed the dance world. In 1913, the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev commissioned Stravinsky to create a new work for his influential company Ballets Russes. Ten years later, the Russian dancer and choreographer Bronislava Nijinska created a ballet for Diaghilev’s company to Stravinsky’s Les Noces. The resulting work, Les Noces, has been performed around the world ever since, and it has been hailed by The Oxford Dictionary of Dance as “without doubt one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.” Jiří Kylián choreographed his version of Les Noces for Netherlands Dance Theater in 1982, creating a powerful reinterpretation of the ballet. Houston Ballet is pleased to work with Houston Chamber Choir on a musical collaboration for Svadebka. Prepared by Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, Les Noces will be performed by four extraordinary soloists: Nicole Heaston, Carolyn Sproule, Robert McPherson, and Liam Bonner. These performances mark the first collaboration between Houston Ballet and Houston Chamber Choir. Jiří Kylián has proven to be one of the world’s most influential choreographers and has had a profound impact on the world of dance. Jack Anderson, writing in The New York Times about Kylián, observed, “Ballets choreographed by Jiří Kylián are passionate, rhapsodic, even tempestuous. The Czechborn artistic director of Netherlands Dance Theater likes to send dancers surging in great waves across the stage, and he is not afraid to make strong choreographic statements in the

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theater.” (June 21, 1987) Born in Prague, Jiří Kylián studied at Prague National Theatre, Prague Conservatory and The Royal Ballet School in London before joining Stuttgart Ballet in 1968 under the direction of John Cranko. There Mr. Cranko helped cultivate Mr. Kylián as a student and choreographer which lead to him setting his first work for Stuttgart Ballet in 1970. Mr. Kylián joined Nederlands Dans Theater in 1973 as a guest choreographer, and was appointed artistic director in 1978. After joining Nederlands Dans Theater he created and realized over 60 productions for the company, including such works as: Sinfonietta (1978), Forgotten Land (1981), Bella Figura (1995), and Last Touch (2003). In 1995 Mr. Kylián celebrated 20 years as artistic director with Nederlands Dans Theater with the large-scale production Arcimboldo as well as receiving Holland’s highest honor, Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. In 1999 Mr. Kylián retired as artistic director, but still has an active role as resident choreographer and artistic advisor with the company. Houston Ballet has seven works by Mr. Kylián in its repertoire, including Symphony in D (created in 1977, performed by Houston Ballet in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1994), Sinfonietta (created in 1978, performed by Houston Ballet in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2013), Forgotten Land (created in 1981, performed by Houston Ballet 2005 and 2010), Svadebka (created in 1982, performed by Houston Ballet in 2007), Falling Angels (created in 1989, performed by Houston Ballet in 2009 and 2011), Soldiers’ Mass (created in 1980, performed by Houston Ballet in 2009), Petite Mort (created in 1991, performed by Houston Ballet in 2007 and 2014) and Sechs Tanze (created in 1986, performed by Houston Ballet in 2014).

THE HOUSTON VS. DALLAS RIVALRY by Bart Pearston

As soon as the Rockets eliminated the Mavs last week, I read/heard KHOU, the Chronicle, and even an offbeat online source called “Cities Journal” heating up this “rivalry”. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a big rivalry between the “H-town” and “Big D”. The nickname is almost laughable since Dallas is more than 1 million residents less than Houston. This in turn makes our arts and concerts both bigger and better. I was surprised to learn that while Dallas holds a higher “cultural Bart Pearston center” reputation, it is the “Bayou City” that has more bars, restaurants, cafes, and museums. Does “Big D” have anyone to compare with Beyonce in Hip-Hop or ZZ Top in Rock? Dallas does have the State Fair and Six Flags, but Houston will soon be adding Grand Texas Park in Eastern Montgomery County this fall. Recent earthquakes and tornadoes in the Metroplex are usually countered with hurricanes and flooding here, but overall, Houston’s climate is much more temperate. Our highs are lower and our lows are higher because of our proximity to the Gulf. This also means we have better boating, fishing, cruises, and beaches. Who needs ice storms, snow, and 115 degree heat? If you decide to go into the other usual areas of “bragging rights”: money, education, and professional sports, Houston gets a “two out of three ain’t bad”, call. UH is larger and Rice is rated higher than any of the Dallas area colleges. The energy and space capital of the country also has the Port of Houston which

makes up an almost incomparable economic bonus. Houston added almost as many jobs in the past decade as the entire population of Ft Worth, which Dallas usually has to use to prop itself up. Houston’s historically prominent place from San Jacinto to the “8th Wonder of the World” and NASA, are only challenged by the infamous Kennedy Assassination. It is indeed a great time to be a Houstonian. We are the proud possessors of the Texas Medical Center, the Rodeo, and the Woodlands. “Space City” is not only in the top ten for highest average household income, it is NUMERO UNO, according to New Geography, in the US for where your dollar stretches farthest. (Dallas came in 5th). In the area of professional sports, the Dallasites take pride in victories like the OT victory of “America’s Team” last Fall over the Texans or last Friday’s 4-1 soccer beatdown over the Dynamo. The aforementioned Rockets are the lone team advancing to the second round after demolishing the Mavericks despite all their owner Mark Cuban’s trash-talk but are struggling there tied 1-1. The Astros are leading their division this week’s series saw the Rangers snap their 10 game win streak and sweep the series. The Rangers are their only professional team without a championship while Houston only has 2 teams to win titles. Dallas also has NASCAR, Hockey, and more golf courses, so let’s give them that. Hopefully, 2015 is the year Houston takes the professional sports category, too. Things are definitely looking up. But the clincher in this debate between who is really number one in Texas is the 2010 US Census which showed that Dallas isn’t even Number Two anymore. San Antonio is: 1.4 Million to 1.2 Million. Sorry “Little D”, outside of sports, the case is closed.

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FLOWERS FILLED GALLERIES AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON by Rosanne Friedman

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Huge Flowers, small flowers, arrangements curved to the imaginations of the florists—Florescence delivered layers of wonder and beauty April 28th and 29th this year. This was the 11th Biennial: Flower Arranging, Horticulture, Photography and more were on exhibit. There were delicate one stem cuttings held in single stem vases but emerging with surprising and massive blooms and leaves all from that single sipping straw sized stem. Arrangements were created to match or repeat elements of art work, The Asia Society offered arrangements that mirrored iconography of countries—Japan, China, Indonesia and more. The Museum of Fine Arts was transformed with energy from outside to inside, as the two Garden clubs in Houston came together to bring flowers and gardening awareness to resonate with the paintings and sculptures of the museum. Florescence was a year in the works, to organize and orchestrate. It lasted for two short days, exciting the imaginations of all who came to experience. It is also a national flower show. National Flower Shows are becoming more and more rare, for their expense and super human

effort on the side of the gardeners, florists and organizers. Exhibitors are invited from around the country. Participants sign up for competitions. Gallery after gallery are filled with the thoughtful, the creative, the delicate, and the dramatic. I took photographs just for self-defense becoming overwhelmed with the enormous and seemingly endless offerings. Mental note: attend both days when this comes around again. I spoke with ladies that made special trips from all over Texas because they appreciated the grand nature of this event. The organic matter must come into the garage at the museum and be carefully inspected in order to protect the artwork. No bugs allowed. One committee, alone, is allowed to attend to the preservation of the flowers and greens when inside the museum, again, to protect the art workno random spray allowed. In some cases it seems that the paintings are a random backdrop to the dazzling opulence of the flowers and in some cases the

pairing of painting and flower is inspired such as Madonna and Child with the exhibit of roses at the foot of the painting. Ikebana arrangements, traditional Japanese flower arranging, were placed in the huge space upstairs—they resonated space about space and allowed the work to breathe continuing the spirit of the design. The horticulture area was buzzing. The paced walk palatably slowed here, people paused, to talk and learn. Though not all of the ladies are ranked as Certified Master Gardeners, there are Certified Master Gardeners in the ranks. Becoming a Texas Certified Master Gardener is a serious commitment it takes 50 hours of training with 50 hours of volunteer work through the Texas Extension Service. http://mastergardener. tamu.edu/become/ The River Oaks Garden Club established in 1927 and the Garden Club of Houston, established in 1924 have many whose mothers or grandmothers were members. Ima Hogg, Garden Club

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founder, known at the First Lady of Texas, famous philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts, whose house and garden, Bayou Bend, is the work of the River Oaks Garden Club. The River Oaks Garden Club is well known in the spring for its Azalea Trail, the annual tour though beautiful homes and gardens in Houstonone activity among many for this group. The Museum of Fine Arts European Decorative Collection is in the Rienzi –that garden is the work of the Garden Club of Houston. It is a bulb garden, and the big fundraiser for the Garden Club of Houston is the Bulb Mart in the fall. The Garden Club of Houston cares for the garden at the Museum of Fine Arts, gardens in the Medical Center, and offers grants for projects enriching the community to name just a few of the activities of this organization. Both of the Garden Clubs belong to the Garden Clubs of America and work for the goals of that organization in projects of horticulture and conservation. A Hearty Congratulations to these dedicated individuals to bring Florescence, its beauty and its energy, to the Museum of Fine Arts and to Houston.

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PUBLIC NEWS GIG GUIDE CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203 no website 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 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 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 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] Sun May 24 7pm Sun The World In Lights, CD Release [$10] Wed May 27 8pm Jason Cassidy, CD Release RLRM [$15] Thurs May 28 8:30pm The Circle Slide 25th Anv. Tour The Choir & Kevin Max w/Michael Roe of the 77s [$15] Fri May 29 8:30pm Thom Shepherd Solo [$15] Sat May 30 8:30pm Gary Kyle – Band [$15] Sun May 31 7pm Sibling Rivalry – EP Release [$10] Tues June 2 8pm Scott Brown & Friends w/Rich O’Toole [$12] Thurs June 4 8:30pm Tommy Castro & the Painkillers [$24] Fri June 5 8:30pm The Chubby Knuckle Choir [$15] Sat June 6 8:30pm Paula Nelson & Tony Ramey “In The Round”[$20] Game On Sports Bar 1717 N. Fraiser Conroe 936-788-6209 www.gameonsportsandmusic.com Open Mic Every Wednesday at 8pm Fri May 8 9pm Legacy Fri May 22 9pm Groove Bone Sat May 23 9pm Charlie Parker Band Sat May 30 9pm Cadillac Blues Band Kat Daddy Bar 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-273-9342 www.katdaddysbar.com No Live Music in May Papa’s On The Lake 9400 Hwy 105 W., Lake Conroe 936-447-2500 www.papasonthelake.com Sat May 9 Dunville Sun May 10 Larry Tillery & the Vagabond Dreamers Sat May 16 ZZ Rocks Sun May 17 Gary Boehm & The Texas Bluz Cats Sat May 23 Dunville Sun May 24 Cadilac Blues Band

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Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000 www.theredbricktavern.com Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch

CYPRESS CREEK Acadia 3939 FM 1960 W., Houston 281-893-2860 www.acadiabarandgrill.com 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 No Music Reported For This Week Swanny’s Bar & Grill 6224 Theall Rd., Houston 281-440-1308 No Music Reported For This Week

MAGNOLIA Genuwine Tasting Room 6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com [no cover unless stated *] 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. 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] 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 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 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 Thurs May 7 8:30pm Lindi Ortega (band) $20 Sat May 9 8:30pm Damn Quails $20 Thurs May 14 8:30pm Subdudes $108 Papa’s Ice House 314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140 www.papasicehousetx.com 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


MUSIC NOTES & NEWS 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 May 8 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 9 9pm Billy Pope Fri May 15 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 16 9pm The Arcades Sun May 17 9pm JB Barnett Fri May 22 9pm Not The Rachels Sat May 23 9pm DJ Atmos Sun May 24 9pm Lou Adams Fri May 29 9pm The Playboys Sat May 30 9pm Revamp Sun May 31 9pm JB Barnett Fri June 5 9pm Spider Monkey Sat June 6 9pm JB Barnett Sun June 7 9pm Sick Dick Fri June 12 9pm 3peace Sat June 13 9pm UFC Sun June 14 9pm Lou Adams Fri June 19 9pm Obsolete August Sat June 20 9pm Level One Sun June 21 9pm RJ Tamburello Fri June 26 9pm Not The Rachels Sat June 27 9pm Fal Skye 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 8 9pm J. B. Barnett Sat May 9 9pm Not The Rachels Fri May 15 9pm Turn Mics Sat May 16 9pm Space Monkey Fri May 22 9pm J. B. Barnett Fri May 29 9pm Bon Ton Mickey Sat May 30 9pm Dunville That One Bar 4660 Louetta #100, Spring 832-562-3942 www.thatonebar.com 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 Sat May 23 9pm Texas TNT Fri May 29 9pm VCR

THE WOODLANDS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, 281-210-1105 www.woodlandscenter.org 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 Brautigams Bar & Grill 106 Market St, Tomball 832-698-4461 www.brautigamsbarngrill.com Thurs May 7 9pm Jim Salter

Fri May 8 9pm Hillary Moore Sat May 9 9pm TBA Thurs May 14 9pm Jason Hickman Fri May 15 9pm TBA Sat May 16 9pm TBA Fri May 22 9pm Morgan McKay Sat May 23 9pm TBA Fri May 29 9pm TBA Sat May 30 9pm TBA Cheers 916 West Main St., Tomball 281-351-2599 no website 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 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 The Empty Glass 104 Market Street, Tomball 832-698-4722 www.theemptyglass.com Fri May 8 8pm Joe Bailey Sat May 9 8pm Aubrie Lynn Fri May 15 8pm Mike Gallo Sat May 16 8pm Marissa Rohn Fri May 22 8pm Silver Shoes Sat May 23 8pm TBA Fri May 29 8pm Micky Hobbs Sat May 30 8pm TBA

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE METAL ACT AURAS RELEASE ALL NEW EP CRESTFALLEN ON TOUR WITH THE CONTORTIONIST THIS MONTH! Canadian progressive metal band Auras have released Crestfallen, an all new EP via eOne Music / Good Fight Music in the U.S. today. The last track on the EP titled “Boundless” can be streamed exclusively via New Noise Magazine. “We’re extremely proud to present our new release,” says drummer Nathan Bulla. “This EP reflects our development as a band, and we are excited to hit the road playing this new material.” The band recently signed a deal with Entertainment One Music / Good Fight Music. “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.

Crestfallen is 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. At press time, Auras are not planning on playing in Houston. Track listing for Crestfallen: 1. Thrown 2. Terrene 3. Inordinate 4. Adverse Condition 5. Boundless

WEST HOUSTON Shakespeare Pub 14129 Memorial Dr, Houston 281-497-4625 http://www.shakespearepub.net 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

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FOR OUR MOTHERS...

COVER STORY

It’s Mother’s Day. Mothers have a special place in our hearts. Daughters want to be like their moms when they grow up and have a family, and sons will generally marry someone like or who reminds them of their mom. Moms. What can be said, or not said, about mothers. They are the only ones guaranteed to be there when we come into the world. Moms are the ones who will ‘cure’ your boo-boo by drawing a smiley face in iodine on it. Moms pick up your laundry from under your bed, always tell you that you are beautiful/handsome and will be the first one to cry at your wedding and graduation. Moms teach us about integrity and character. Moms are the first to extend grace. In our mother’s eyes, we can never fail. We are the most talented, the best looking, the smartest one and strongest even when facts tell us different. Moms believe in us, even when we fail to believe in ourselves. Moms are inventive, especially when cooking. She can take a box of macaroni and cheese, a pound of chicken, some spices and make an awesome meal that feeds four for only two dollars. She’s the one who reminds us that milk is for meals and water is for whenever. Moms are the ones who keep their sanity even after repeating the same set of instructions for the umpteenth time that morning for the last umpteenth mornings. Moms are clever, they can tell when you lie and they’ll never let on that you’ve been caught. They just keep letting you talk. Moms are great advisors. They will always remind you that you should eat your vegetables but will never force them. Moms will always remind you that the reason you are failing in life or have health issues is because you eat poorly. Most of the time, moms just look the other way. Clever moms make mundane tasks inviting and fun. Moms may advise you to eat those veggies, but she will also help you look at broccoli and pretend that it is a little tree, or that carrots are orange logs, or that she can balance more peas on a fork than you can. Moms will stay up late, waiting for you to walk through the door, just to make sure you made it home safe. Moms know how to give the third degree and make it seem less like an interrogation. Moms also know how to translate the language of their two or three year old. Moms know all of the best hiding places. She even knows hiding places that Dad doesn’t even know. Moms have the ability to find anything that is lost. No matter how long an item has been missing, she’ll find it! Mothers know how to give hugs after having to give you a spanking. Moms understand that “I hate you,” doesn’t ever mean that. Mom will dance in the kitchen, sing in the laundry room and perform stand-up for a toddler. Moms know how to do tea parties one minute and play catch the next. Moms never throw like a girl. Moms know how to play games. They know how to let you win and teach you the value lessons in losing. Mothers are not just someone of the female gender who gave you birth. Some mothers are absent, sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally, and in later years, sometimes mentally. In the cases where your birth mom has not been there, then generally someone else steps in to take on that role. A close relative like an aunt or grandmother, or a long time family friend and sometimes, in the case of remarriage, your stepmother or an adoptive mother could serve in that role. There isn’t a person in the world who lives without the benefit of having a mother’s influence in and over their life. What would the world be without Moms? A dark, lonely, fearful, ugly and tearful would a motherless world would be. I’d hate that. If you have never done it before, or if it has been a long time in coming, call your mom and tell her you love her. Send her some flowers and a card, let her know how you feel. Or better yet, visit her and share with her how she has given you more than life, but the life lessons that will guide you forward in the years to come. To all the readers of the Public News who are mothers or who serve the role of a mother in someone’s life.

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FAMOUS MOMS... THE ABBREVIATED COLLECTION PUBLIC NOISE

FRANK ZAPPA

Macedonian born Mother Teresa was a mother to the world especially to the poor in India. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which ran hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.

Barbara Billingsley portrayed Cleaver matriarch June during Leave It To Beaver’s six year run and its sequel The New Leave It To Beaver for four more years. Billingsley is the iconic television mom who does it all without taking off the heels or pearls. She always backs up her husband unless he’s wrong and it usually the voice of calm and reason in the Cleaver house hold.

OF ZAPPA’S MOTHERS EVERY MUSIC LOVER SHOULD OWN

We’re Only In It For The Money (1968) was recorded at the same time as Lumpy Gravy, which is considered Frank Zappa’s first solo album. On the surface We’re Only In It For The Money may be considered a parody of the Beatles Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, but it’s not. We’re Only In It For The Money is a parody of the hippie culture of the day, complete with put downs, sweeping vulgarities and innuendos that cause a listener to do nothing but soak in the commentary and take the message to heart. This is a recommended starting point for anyone wanting an introduction to the early period of Zappa/Mothers of Invention.

Hot Rats (1970) is known for a few things. One being Franks first proper post-Mothers solo album. The other is that, with this album, Frank introduced the jazz-rock or fusion genre of music. It was also Zappa’s first album that didn’t jump from genre to genre. Hot Rats was also the first album that Zappa recorded on a 16-track recording machine, which was only available to a few dozen artists at the time. You’ll notice that the quality of this vintage 1970 recording sounds as fresh and vibrant today as the day it was recorded.

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Volume 2 (1988) features the 1973-1974 band (Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Tom Fowler, Chester Thompson). The YCDTOSA series was a collection of 6 2-CD sets and this volume was the only one that captures an entire concert performance of Zappa and his newly assembled version of the Mothers. This CD has basically the same set list as Roxy & Elsewhere but played faster and without overdubs. Roxy & Elsewhere was considered as an addition to my list of “must have Zappa records”, but after careful consideration, chose this one instead.

Uncle Meat (1969) was the Mother’s second double album set released three years into the bands existence. Uncle Meat was meant to stand as the soundtrack to a film that Zappa was putting together but never released until the 2010s. Musically, Uncle Meat is all over the place. There’s doo-wop, screaming instrumentals, comedic spoken dialog bits, halfrealized conceptual pieces, and if you have the Ryko version of this recording you get a few extra tracks plus about 40 minutes of spoken dialog from the movie Uncle Meat.

Apostrophe (‘) (1974) is Zappa’s best known and probably most commercially viable recording in his vast catalog. The music is tight and the first side of the album is a suite of songs that kick off with a “dog wee-wee” joke song, “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”. There is a lot of music to love here and the 31 minute run time seems to go by quickly. Outside of compilations, this is the first album that most fans curious about Zappa will pick up and a the album serves as a worthwhile introduction to Zappa’s more popular period as a recording artist.

Lather (1996) is an interesting box set. Lather contains the songs (some in their originally mixed form) that graced the single albums Orchestral Favourites, Sleep Dirt, Studio Tan and Zappa Live In New York. The lore of Lather is in that Zappa delivered four albums at the same time to his record company, who subsequently rejected them all. Zappa then took the records and headed to the local FM station where he encouraged listeners to tape record what he was about to play. That broadcast has been bootlegged countless times until the recording’s official release in 1996. At four platters, Lather makes the Beatles White Album look like an EP.

Lauren Graham played single mom characters through the last dozen years on two different television programs; Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Graham’s characters generally put their kids interests above their own, even when personal interests, like romance, comes along.

Florence Thompson (aka ‘Migrant Mother’) and her family were traveling on U.S. Highway 101 towards Watsonville “where they had hoped to find work in the lettuce fields of the Pajaro Valley.” On the road, the car timing chain snapped and they coasted to a stop just inside a pea-picker’s camp on Nipomo Mesa. This photo became an iconic symbol the Depression Era Motherhood.

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NICK’S LOCAL EATS

Best Dessert in The Woodlands and Surrounding Areas story and photos by Nick Rama The Dominic’s Mud, available only at Pallotta’s Italian Grill, is a dessert that is an ice cream, cookie and candy bar junkies dream. This dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth and make your taste buds say “Wow!” This dessert is probably illegal in 50 States, so I am glad to live in the great State of Texas where I can get this over the top frozen creation. I actually think long time Pallotta’s customers would riot in the streets of Oak Ridge if they ever decided to take it off the menu and I would lead the rebellion. I am surprised somebody has not written and Nick Rama dedicated a song to the Dominc’s Muds. Here is what Phil Nicosia Owner of Pallotta’s had to say about this sinful dessert. Describe what is in the Dominic’s Muds? 4 layers of Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream, with chunks of Butterfinger candy bar in between each layer, hot fudge and hot peanut butter drizzled throughout each layer and on top, with a Nutter Butter and Oreo Cookie crust. How in the world did this creation of this decadent dessert come to life? Story goes that Dominic, George Pallotta’s youngest son, would go in their home kitchen at night and make a bowl of ice cream with cut up Butterfingers, crumbled Nutter Butters, hot fudge, and peanut butter. George liked his creation so much that he created the Dominic’s Muds. I heard the Dominic’s Muds has a very intense process to make, will you explain the process? It starts with thirty-Six gallons of ice cream, which comes from a specialty ice cream vendor. We open hundreds of individual packages of Nutter Butter cookies and grind them down to a fine texture, we then grind down over 50 LBS of Oreo cookies. Next we unwrap and hand cut over 300 individual bars (over 8 cases) of Butterfinger candy bars to varied small pieces. Melt down large quantities of hot fudge and peanut butter, just to create our masterpiece!

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This dessert has a strong following; I know a couple that comes to Pallotta’s every year on their anniversary just to eat it. How long has it been on your menu and how long does it take to prepare? For almost 18 years, the Dominic’s Muds has been sold as our signature dessert. We make 12 large containers at a time, which produces 180 portions. It takes 3 people over 4 hours to make these 12 containers. We make Muds typically every month. That’s a lot of muds! I noticed that you now offer different sizes of the Muds, and I am glad you do, the original portion was just too much for date night. What are the new portions and how much are they? We now offer Dominic’s Muds for 2 in a half size and have also offered Dominic’s Muds as a mini treat on caterings and banquets. The Original Dominic’s Muds...$10.99 (feeds 4-5 people) Dominic’s Muds for 2...$6.59 (feeds 2-3 people) Mini Muds...$2.50 (offered for caterings and banquets) How would you describe Dominic’s Muds in 5 words? Insanely delicious, indulgent, untouchable, rewarding, satisfying, comforting, impressive, enough to share, worthwhile, chocolaty, peanut buttery, happy belly, homemade, unique, nothing like it, exciting, that damn good...5 words are just not enough to describe it!!! Pallotta’s Italian Grill is located at 27606 I-45 North in Conroe across the freeway from The Woodlands Mall in the Woodridge Shopping Center. Their telephone number is 281-364-9555 They are open daily at 10:57am and close at 10:03pm, except pn Sundays when they close at 9:03pm. You can find them online at www.pallottasitaliangrill.com/

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

CONROE 105 Cafe 3010 W Davis St (936) 539-3447 Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant 1208 S Frazier St (936) 441-9110 Asian Bbq & Grill 604 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-3995 Asian Fusion Noodle Bowl 3301 W Davis St (936) 828-3469 Baytown Seafood Restauranta 1400 N Frazier St (936) 494-2246 Burger Boy 217 E Davis St (936) 756-3440 Burger Fresh 804 Gladstell Rd # 110 (936) 756-4414 Carmelita’s Restaurant 109 W Davis St (936) 539-3323 Chelsea’s Tea Room 202 N Main St (936) 539-2993 Chiller Bee Frozen Yogurt 2820 Interstate 45 N (936) 756-2337 China Buffet 226 S Loop 336 W (936) 788-2888 China Delight 1108 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-8686 Clint’s Kuntry Katfish Catering 5855 W Davis St (936) 760-2737 Corner Pub Delia 302 N Main St (936) 788-2390 Culver’s 1426 N Loop 336 W (936) 788-5959 East Buffet 2104 N Frazier St (936) 760-1007 El Bosque 1420 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-3823 El Kiosko Taqueira 116 S Frazier St (936) 539-6794 El Oro 225 S Main St (936) 756-4315 El Rincon 705 Everett St (936) 756-5522 El Tucan Refresqueria 516 Mill Ave (936) 539-6492 Frutilandia 525 S Frazier St (936) 441-3045 Gallery Off The Square 202 N Main St (936) 539-2993 Garden Cafe 1406 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-9663 George’s Bar & Grill 2031 Plantation Dr (936) 788-8222 Hibacha Grill & Super Buffet 2020 Interstate 45 N (936) 788-9999 Honey Bee Ham & Deli 1418 N Loop 336 W # I (936) 760-3354 Hunan Village Restaurant 1402 N Loop 336 W (936) 539-6811 I Love Sweets 1 Devonshire Dr (936) 539-4742 Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 201 N Frazier St (936) 756-2344 Joe’s Pizza & Pasta 1604 N Frazier St (936) 760-9002 LA Mariposa 1111 W Dallas St (936) 756-1222 LA Mexicana Restaurant 221 Mill Ave (936) 539-6791 LA Palapa 402 E Davis St (936) 756-8408 LA Palma Taco 309 W Avenue G (936) 539-6792 Los Altos De Jalisco 1108 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-2233 Los Carnales Taqueria 1121 N 1st St (936) 718-0874 Main Street Cafe a 330 N Main St (936) 756-8885 Mama Juanita’s Mexican 1118 League Line Rd (936) 856-9012

Margarita & Peppers 2259 N Loop 336 W (936) 788-1408 Margarita’s Mexican 1027 N Loop 336 W (936) 647-3880 Maverick Saloon 2017 N Frazier St # E2 (936) 539-9300 Mckenzie’s Bbq & Burgers 1501 N Frazier St (936) 756-3131 Meztizos Restaurant & Bar 721 W Davis St (936) 760-3220 Mollys Pub Conroe 901 N Loop 336 W (936) 441-6167 New Conroe Japanese House 2107 W Davis St (936) 756-6866 Ostioneria Caminos 400 S Frazier St (936) 760-3803 Pie In The Sky Pie Co 3600 N Loop 336 W (936) 760-3301 Pincho Rico Grill 2017 N Frazier St (936) 756-3077 Pit Stop 4203 Old Highway 105 (936) 539-9274 Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton St (936) 539-2000 River Plantation Grille 550 Country Club Dr (936) 271-1083 Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi 2107 W Davis St # A (936) 756-6886 Smokey Mo’s 2960 Interstate 45 N (936) 441-2323 Star Cinema Grill 2000 Interstate 45 N (936) 539-6088 Taqueria & Panaderia San Luis 402 E Davis St (936) 788-1199 Taqueria Guerrero 129 S Frazier St (936) 242-8176 Taqueria Jalisco 1108 N Loop 336 W # L (936) 756-2233 Taqueria Mexicana 2017 N Frazier St (936) 756-3150 Taqueria Sol De Mexico 820 N Loop 336 W (936) 756-9316 Tejas Mexican Restaurant 105 N 6th St (936) 756-6559 Thirsty’s 192 Fm 3083 Rd (936) 441-1050 Toasted Yolk Cafe 2129 W Davis St (936) 828-3944 Tortilleria LA Buena Bida 1103 W Dallas St (936) 756-2133 Tortilleria LA Unica 808 N 1st St (936) 441-4477 Tri Mexican Restaurant 129 S Frazier St (936) 756-0626 Van Thong Chinese/Vietnamese 2114 W Davis St (936) 756-8762 Vernon’s Kuntry Bar-B-Que 5000 W Davis St (936) 539-3000 Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish 5901 Highway 105 W (936) 760-3386 Vero Italian Kitchen 1301 W Davis St (936) 441-0411 Villa Italia 603 N Thompson St (936) 539-5599 Weng’s Wok 1140 N Fm 3083 Rd W (936) 756-8888 Whistle Stop Cafe 11133 Interstate 45 S (936) 828-4652 Wild Ginger 3061 Interstate 45 N (936) 788-9988

HUMBLE Baytown Seafood & Bar 7855 N Sam Houston (281) 441-5187 Beijing Wok Restaurant 21131 Aldine Westfield (281) 821-0367 Cactus Moon 1702 Wilson Rd (281) 446-2202 Cafe East Humble 260 1st St W (281) 548-0082 Catfish Cafe 7042 Fm 1960 Rd (281) 812-8055 Chez Nous French Restaurant 217 S Avenue G (281) 446-6717 Culver’s 5420 Atascocita Rd (281) 812-8600 El Jalapeno Mexican Cafe 5324 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 548-2230 El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant 24551 Loop 494 # 111 (281) 358-5660 Fiesta Azteca Restaurant 20669 W Lake Houston (281) 812-3002 Fish Place 5324 Atascocita Rd (281) 318-7096 Ginger Cafe 7548 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 812-8853

Goings Barbeque 20669 W Lake Houston (832) 644-9721 Got Wings 10920 Will Clayton Pwy (281) 441-9464 Grand Garden 5324 Atascocita (281) 812-5858 Granny’s Tamales Three 802 1st St E # 802 (281) 446-0363 Grimes Bakery 14618 Lee Rd (281) 441-9213 Happy Buddha Japanese Steak 9556 W Fm 1960 Rd (281) 446-3373 Hector’s Mexican Restaurants 3333 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 446-1803 Hin’s Garden 4582 Kingwood (281) 360-3388 Honey Bee Ham & Deli 9638 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-1222 Humble City Cafe 200 E Main St (281) 319-0200 Humble Ice 6902 Bender Rd (281) 441-3318 Italiano’s Restaurant 217 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-6111 Javaman Coffee 19131 Sprinters (281) 812-5726 Jitters Coffee 18445 W Lake Houston (281) 360-9589 Johnny’s Pizza House 20669 W Lake Houston (281) 570-4652 Kay’s Sandwich Shop 204 Charles St (281) 446-2662 LA Cabana Mexican Restaurant 3390 Fm 1960 Rd W (281) 209-1585 Las Ramadas Mexican Grill 18455 W Lk Houst Pkwy (281) 812-4900 Lavilla Mexican Restaurant 7920 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 441-7222 Lexey’s 7015 Manor Way (281) 548-7774 Lia’s Drive Inn 14010 Homestead (281) 441-2051 Lloyd’s Bar 111 N Avenue A (281) 446-5565 Los Vega Mexican Restaurant 3824 Atascocita Rd (281) 812-4567 Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant 5856 Fm 1960 (281) 852-6322 Mencius Gourmet Hunan 1379 Kingwood Dr (281) 359-8489 Mimi’s Tea Room LLC 8042 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 360-6464 Mo’s B-B-Q 8321 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 548-3777 N Zone 1005 1st St E (281) 348-9063 Nara Thai Dining 18455 W Lk Houst Pkwy (281) 812-0291 Noyola’s Mexican Restaurant 242 1st St W # B (281) 319-4912 Pizziola’s 8790 Fm 1960 Bypass (281) 446-3260 Queso Bonito 1123 S Houston Ave (281) 446-0095 Rico’s Mexican Restaurant 1377 Kingwood Dr (281) 358-2637 Sarap Pinoy 19333 Highway 59 N (281) 446-5080 Sarpino’s Pizzeria 5326 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 548-7492 Savvas Greek Cuisine & Grill 6730 Atascocita Rd (281) 312-6358 Smoothies Ice Cream 20131 Highway 59 N (281) 446-2191 Taco Flores 4806 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 852-8338 Tai Li Chinese Restaurant 7948 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 852-9507 Tamales Atascocita 5105 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 812-0444 Texas Long Branch Saloon 314 Moonshine Hill Lp (281) 319-5400 Tin Roof BBQ 18918 Town Center (281) 852-5577 Titas Taco House 320 Wilson Rd (281) 446-4175 Top Hat Catering Co 1702 Wilson Rd (281) 446-8434 Trigg’s Catering 1414 1st St E (281) 540-2700 Trigg’s Humble Inn 1410 E Bus F M 1960 (281) 446-9484 Twin Oaks Tavern 211 E Main St # 4 (281) 359-8687 Wazabi Sushi Bar 8130 Fm 1960 Rd E (281) 359-2555 Westco Breakfast House 5371 Atascocita Rd (281) 852-9065

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FOOD TRUCK FRENZY by Paul Van Deusen

If you’re a regular reader of the Public News, you probably saw the recent article written by Nick “Spring Foodie” Rama regarding Bernie’s Backyard, the combination icehouse and food truck park set to open (hopefully) sometime later this month. This past Saturday my family and I had the chance to get a taste, so to speak, of what one might experience once Bernie’s is up and running. One of our local churches, Northside Christian Church, held their 4th Annual Family Picnic and Food Truck Takeover, and we happily sampled food from four of the five participating food trucks. The first truck we tried was Reigns, known for their tacos, burgers, and wings. Because another

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truck was in attendance that specialized in tacos, Reigns had graciously excluded them from their menu for the event. This was just fine with me, because burgers and wings just happen to be two of my favorite things. My son ordered Buffalo Wings ($6) that were sauced with what tasted like Frank’s Hot Sauce and topped with a drizzle of cilantro lime aioli, crumbled cotija cheese, and chopped cilantro. The wings were large and meaty, and one bite into a drumette revealed they were perfectly cooked as well. The odd garnishes looked nice but seemed out of place on an order of wings. They use these same garnishes on their fries and some other items, so I can understand the chef’s desire to utilize what’s on hand. But I think the wings would have been better if at least the cotija cheese were replaced with crumbled blue cheese, another ingredient also on the truck according to their online menu. My wife tried the Truffle Mac Burger ($11), and after I had a bite, I was reminded of just why I married her – because she’s smart and has impeccable taste (and also because she was crazy enough to say yes). The burger was topped off with sliced American cheese and a generous portion of truffled macaroni and cheese and served on a toasted Kaiser roll. Once again a vast array of garnishes was added that made the burger awfully nice to look at but did nothing to contribute to its flavor profile. Cilantro lime aioli, sriracha aioli, diced tomatoes, and a light sprinkling of cotija cheese and chopped cilantro were no match for the funky, earthy flavor of truffle that dominated every

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bite. All in all it was still a great burger, though. To accompany her burger, my wife stopped by Sticky’s Chicken and ordered a side of their Sticky’s Sticks ($7), french fries topped off with sautéed chicken, a cheddar/jack cheese blend, cilantro aioli, and chopped cilantro. All the entrées from Sticky’s utilize their signature sticky sauce, a sweet teriyaki-like glaze, and chicken in one form or another. The chicken-topped fries were just okay in my opinion. The sauce was nothing spectacular and honestly could have been store bought and no one would have been the wiser. I also thought the portion was a bit small for the price, but then again, food truck fare isn’t cheap. At least the garnishes (with the exception of the cheese) actually made sense and contributed to the end result. I decided to visit the Mark’s BBQ food truck for my picnic lunch. They had a nice variety of options, from a two-meat plate with two sides, to slaw-topped barbecue tacos on corn tortillas, to a loaded baked potato topped with barbecue. But the thing that caught my eye was the Tall Texan sandwich ($13). It featured sliced sausage (I tried the spicy jalapeno), sliced brisket, and pulled pork served on a white hamburger bun,

and it was crowned with a meaty pork spare rib and served with a side of barbecue sauce. By my estimate the sandwich easily included at least a half pound of meat. While I thoroughly enjoyed the few bites I had of my wife’s burger, the Tall Texan was by far my favorite item of the day. The rib had a nice, slightly sweet flavor and the meat pulled off the bone with the slightest effort. The pulled pork and brisket were both moist, had good smoke flavor, and included crusty black bits of bark. The sausage was good, too, although I wished it would have been a touch spicier and that the casing would have had a little more snap. For dessert, we relied on the Doughmaker Donuts food truck. I had my heart set on trying the Vietnamese Coffee-Espresso ($3) or Maple Bacon ($4) doughnut, but unfortunately both

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON REVIEWED

“I’M ON THE SIDE OF LIFE.” Like my journey into deep space with Interstellar last November, my second cinematic adventure with the eponymous superhero team in Avengers: Age of Ultron was embarked upon with immense enthusiasm. However, I’m disappointed to say that I left the theater this time with a less positive frame of mind. Set after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Age of Ultron depicts the Avengers operating without the guidance of SHIELD, taking down the remnants of HYDRA across the Just when our Glen Ryan Tadych globe. heroes believe the fight to be won, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) develop a highly sophisticated artificial intelligence system, codenamed Ultron (James Spader), with the intent to provide Earth permanent protection from the Avengers’ enemies. But when Ultron turns on our heroes, the Avengers must fight alongside their enemies to stop the rampant AI from annihilating humanity. Now, this sounds like a riveting entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the final result of the heavily anticipated sequel to The Avengers (2012) left me unsatisfied and let down. Don’t get me wrong, Age of Ultron contains redeeming qualities that make the film enjoyable, family-friendly and for some, a worthy sequel. The acting is on par with that of previous Marvel films, and the film is visually spectacular. And while a small percentage of the humor felt forced and awkward, most laughs still come naturally with Age of Ultron, as they did with the film’s predecessor. I definitely recommend that anyone interested in this franchise see the film at least once for the sake of continuity and to form their own opinion. It’s certainly perfect for those who enjoy superhero action on a grand scale, but then where exactly did Age of Ultron go wrong for me? And proceed with caution because minor spoilers do lie ahead. Oddly, the film’s biggest problem for me was its villain. Both the concept and character of Ultron were painfully rushed and delivered to the audience without any real time for digestion. Within the first 20 minutes of the film, Ultron evolves from a mere subject of discussion to a physical, self-aware character whose decided to exterminate the human race. Ultron’s motivation for this objective is the archetypal scenario that all of humanity poses a threat to Earth. Two particular lines from Ultron to the Avengers highlight this point: “How could you be worthy? You’re all killers.” “There is only one path to peace: Your extinction.” This line of thinking is without a doubt chilling, but without a thorough origin or any proper development from Ultron, it becomes difficult for the audience to understand the

why behind it. And frankly, this is because there is no why. Ultron was simply born with his mind made up in this regard. And as far as Ultron’s origin is concerned, Stark and Banner speak as if the concept for Ultron is one wellknown to the audience, though we’ve never heard it mentioned once in any of the previous films. This is one of many points illustrating Iron Man 3’s (2013) status as a wasted opportunity. Had Marvel decided to not develop Iron Man 3 until after Avengers’ release, a place in the story could have been reserved for the Ultron concept and early incarnations of the character, establishing a proper build-up for the villain’s place in Age of Ultron. One of the reasons I feel Age of Ultron’s predecessor is a superior is because the film’s villain, Loki, was already an established character due to Thor (2011). When we watched Avengers, we knew who Loki was and understood his hatred for Thor, therefore understanding the motivation for his murderous actions. Age of Ultron lacking this type of development crippled both the film and significance of the Ultron character, making him a meaningless, antagonistic force.

Another issue I had with Ultron was that he wasn’t evil enough for what I expected him to be. My expectations were fueled by the first trailer for Age of Ultron, released Oct. 22, 2014, in which Ultron is depicted as cold, sinister and without any sense of humor whatsoever. Ultron’s spine-chilling line, “There are no strings on me,” spoken at the end of the trailer tells the viewer that Loki is a child in comparison to this character, and the Avengers will have their work cut out for them this time around. This was not the case, however, with the Ultron depicted in the film. Instead, Ultron comes off as more of a comical antagonist dealing in witty speech rather than the implied devilish AI. Another factor which hurt the film was that the Avengers seemed more overwhelmed by Loki and the Chitauri in the first film than by Ultron and his drones in Age of Ultron. This is a problem because a sequel is supposed to step up the game, particularly regarding what the protagonists have to deal with. Despite any of Ultron’s actions in the film, Loki still comes off as the greater threat, and the fact he’s still alive and wreaking havoc elsewhere is one unforgotten by viewers, making it potentially

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had sold out by the time we got around to dessert. My mother-in-law decided on the Orange Blossom-Pistachio ($3) and my son’s friend got the Honey Butter-Fried Chicken ($5). The doughnuts are made in small batches to ensure they’re hot and fresh, and although they’re pricey, they’re larger than your standard doughnut. They feature cake batter dough, and let me tell you, these were hands down the most tender and moist cake doughnuts I have ever had. They were as close to perfect as a doughnut can get. My son’s friend’s doughnut featured a buttery sweet frosting drizzled with fresh honey and was topped with a well-seasoned fried chicken tender. My mother-in-law’s doughnut boasted a sweet orange blossom flavored frosting garnished with chopped pistachios. The flavor combinations of both doughnuts were spot on; then again, these doughnuts were so good they’d be worth every penny without any toppings. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of the Doughmaker truck, do yourself a favor and get one or six. The only truck we skipped was Taco Me Crazy, a food truck operated by the Cadillac Bar; part of Tilman Fertitta’s ever expanding restaurant empire. I tried their food about six months ago when they made an appearance at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas. As I recall, their tacos were pretty good but the portion sizes left a little to be desired. Now that I’ve experienced food truck frenzy on a firsthand basis, I’m eagerly anticipating the launch of Bernie’s Backyard. I see many evenings in my not-too-distant future spent on their covered patio, sipping beer, listening to live music, and making my rounds from truck to truck. It’s a hard job. But someone’s got to do it, right?

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

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Alicia’s Mexican Grille 20920 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 350-8383 Alma Latina Taqueria 25222 Aldine Westfield (281) 288-1767 Antojitos Quiche 25190 Interstate 45 (281) 651-5391 Arturo’s Taqueria 1402 1/2 Spring Cypress (281) 350-6808 Barracudas a 2616 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 288-5376 Bombshells 21005 I-45 N. (281) 288-2769 Brother’s Pizza Express 163 Cypresswood Dr (281) 288-1300 Budegon Del Sur 26506 Oak Ridge Dr (832) 813-8334 C J’s Hot Dogs 4660 Louetta Rd (832) 299-6079 Chef Chan’s Restaurant 17833 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 370-3884 Chicago Joe’s 18433 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 533-3000 Corkscrew Bbq 24930 Budde Rd (832) 592-1184 Country Time BBQ & Fixins 25330 Richards Rd (281) 298-7455 Datpho Vietnamese Noodle House 523 Louetta Rd (281) 528-8989 El Palenque Mexican 1485 Spring Cypress Rd (281) 353-4055 Fiesta Acapulco 25770 Interstate 45 (281) 419-8666 Fukuda Sushi & Robata 25701 Interstate 45 (281) 419-8980 Golden China 25024 Interstate 45 (281) 363-2412 Golden Jade Chinese 1419 Spring Cypress (281) 350-5363 Gozzetti’s Pizzeria 8000 Mcbeth Way (832) 592-7750 Gratzi Italian Restaurant 6334 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 376-4800 Guadalajara Mexican Grille 27885 Interstate 45 (281) 362-0774 Hoi Yin Chinese Restaurant 200 Cypresswood Dr (281) 355-6800 Hong Kong Chinese 4334 Fm 2920 Rd # 10 (281) 528-9288 Hunan Garden Z 3930 Louetta Rd # I (281) 288-6288 I-45 Diner

19790 Interstate 45 (713) 389-5627 Italian Cafe 19620 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 528-2919 Jack Pot Pizza 6450 Louetta Rd (281) 257-0762 Juanita’s Mexican Grill 18525 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 379-3199 Kim Leng Chinese Restaurant 18430 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 355-0434 LA Cabana Mexican 4702 Louetta Rd (281) 907-7007 La Chef 5200 FM 2920 Ste 180 (832) 585-1840 Las Cascadas Mexican 250 Cypresswood Dr (281) 528-9921 Las Delicias Taqueria 5010 Louetta Rd (281) 374-0303 Le Pam’s House of Creole 1644 FM 1960 West (281) 444-1464 Los Generales Mexican 5407 Louetta Rd # F (281) 251-9390 Los Tres Ranchitos Restaurant 19620 Kuykendahl (281) 288-4304 Luly’s Mexican Kitchen 3307 Spring Stuebner (281) 907-0012 Main Moon Asian Bistro 2129 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 288-8868 Mama Juanita’s Mexican 3930 Louetta Rd (281) 288-3800 Mama Mia Italianas 30420 Fm 2978 (281) 419-7662 Mikey’s Pizza 6114 Root Rd (281) 251-5551 Ming Cafe 6052 Fm 2920 Rd (281) 257-4886 Nadia’s Mediterranean Grill 5921 Fm 2920 Rd # B (281) 907-7070 Nielsen’s Deli & Bakery 26830 Interstate 45 (281) 363-3354 Orient Express 4660 Louetta Rd # 180 (281) 288-5290 Pavarotti Italian Restaurant 4660 Louetta Rd # 130 (281) 350-9749 Pizza Tonight 27190 Glen Loch Dr (281) 465-4774 Pizza Zone 17711 Kuykendahl Rd (281) 257-3100 Pollos Asados El Regio 25602 Interstate 45 (281) 292-4377 Shogun

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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 Daniella Alonso The Age of Adaline PG-13 110 min Drama | Romance A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for. Director: Lee Toland Krieger Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker The 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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