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PLEASE DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR HOUSTON WE ARE AS TOUGH AS TEXANS SHOULD BE There might be a few misconceptions being floated around the nation that Texas is underwater. In fact, I’ve even seen a “new” map of Texas with the Gulf of Mexico reaching into the Southeastern part of this great state and touching the outskirts of Dallas. Let me reassure you now, especially those of you who are under the impression that Texas is soon to join Atlantis at the bottom of a lot of water, that we are still standing tall. Regardless of where you came from, if you are in Texas, you are therefore Ken Petty Texas-proud. Texas-proud knows no limits. We know no boundaries as to what we can do. Boundaries and limits are for those who think that the line of acceptability is the ultimate goal. Texans go beyond what is expected by others, and achieve whatever their minds can conceive. Thank you Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone (both adoptive Texans). Let’s have fun with this. Let’s assume that everyone is correct (except us Texans) and that a large portion of Texas has gone underwater for good wiping out Houston, Austin and the Tri-Cities (Beaumont/Orange/Port Arthur). What would this mean to surviving Texans, after all we do know how to make a good thing come from a bad thing. Firstly, Dallas and San Antonio all of a sudden would experience a tourist boom for those

who want access to a large city and its amenities plus close access to beaches! Abilene, also a coastal city, would experience a boom in population and tourism. The southern part of Texas, between the Texas Sea and Mexico, would be likened to an American version of Italy with the Texan Hill County overlooking the western shores of the Texas Sea. In between the American Italy and Abilene would be the great oil producing Texas Panhandle, no longer a desolate and dry region, but one full of life and farmland! Unfortunately, we lost both major universities. So, Texas A&M would move whatever materials they could save and create a campus at Corpus Christi. The University of Texas would move its salvageable campus to Dallas. Traveling by plane between San Antonio and New Orleans you would fly over the great remnant of the city of Houston with her tall buildings sticking out of the water like a modern metal Easter Island. Texas would not lose population as one would imagine, but gain some due to new arable land, beach front property that didn’t exist before May 1st and cooler climates due to Texas Sea air meeting with the cooler moist air from the north. Texas would not be the only beneficiary of a population boom. Oklahoma and her two major cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, would be a mere four hour drive to the Texas Sea coast. Back to reality... The Texas Sea, the new beach front property, major college location shifts and all that is just a dream, a ‘what if’ scenario that will never happen.

So what do Texans do when it floods? We help each other, that’s what we do. We don’t need the government’s FEMA or Jade Helm 15 to teach Texans how to survive. We’ve been doing

well and teaching others these skills for the last 150 years. Texans hurt together, strive together and win together. After all, isn’t that the reason most of New Orleans came here after Katrina?

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KATE ARNOLD AND ERIC BEASLEY OF CYPRESS CREEK PEST CONTROL TOOK HOME THE TITLE OF “BEST CHILI IN TOMBALL” FOR THEIR BUSINESS DIVISION ENTRY IN THE RECENT “MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CHILI CHALLENGE”.

EVEN SPRING SHOWERS COULDN’T COOL SPICY CHILI FESTIVAL IN TOMBALL Despite some sprinkles, more than 2,300 of downtown Houston on SH 249 at FM 2920. pepper loving festival goers converged on the For more information about Tomball, please call historic downtown Depot in Tomball recently 281-351-5484 or visit tomballtx.gov. “Like” to sample award winning chili and some down Tomball on Facebook at “Tomball Texan For home Country music during the 4th Annual Fun”. Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge. Three dozen cook teams from across the state gathered at the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) sanctioned event to compete for points and the title of “Best Chili in Tomball”. Top honor in the local business chili division went to new-comers, Cypress Creek Pest Control, while Community Bank of Texas took the title of “Best Margarita in Tomball” at the margarita pour-off. First place in the new Junior Chili Division went to 12-yearold Cameron Cook, a student at Northpointe Intermediate School. In addition to trophies, CASI cookers who placed were awarded points toward an invitation to their international chili cook-off in Terlingua, Texas later this year. Proceeds from the Memorial Day Weekend Chili Challenge will be donated by the Piney Woods Pod of CASI to Tomball Christmas Charities – a group of area churches caring for the TWELVE-YEAR-OLD CAMERON COOK FROM NORTHPOINTE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL needy during the holidays. WON FIRST PLACE IN THE JUNIOR DIVISION OF THE RECENT “MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CHILI CHALLENGE” IN TOMBALL. Tomball is 28 miles northwest

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FAST FITNESS, iFLY OPEN NEW LOCATIONS EL MOJITOS AND COFFEESHOP COMPANY COMING SOON

A high-end Cuban experience is coming to the FM 2920 corridor on June 10th with the opening of El Mojito. El Mojito will join other great cultural restaurants like Taco Crave (Mexican), Rakuu (Chinese/Japanese) and La Chef (Argentina) in the same center.

Driving up into The Woodlands on the east side of Interstate 45 something large and made of concrete was making its presence known, somewhat. Its odd shape and concrete building material caused many north Houstonians to wonder what was being built there. Part of the cloak of secrecy was a great marketing ploy for the Austin based company, iFly, to put a contest together for residents to guess what that structure was going to become. The answer; an indoor skydiving platform. No longer do you have to risk your life for the rush or feeling of free falling to the ground. iFly and their 120 per hour streaming wind tunnel gives you the exact feeling without the fear of falling to your, you know, demise.

Personal trainer and local business entrepreneur Jeremy Gallagher has opened up the fourth location of his Fast Fitness 24-hour personal fitness company. Gallagher’s first three locations are in The Woodlands, Conroe and in Spring. The new location is his second in Spring near the Timberland subdivision in the Food Giant plaza. Gallagher found this new location in a bankruptcy sale from the previous owner, another gym. Gallagher expressed his desire to continue to provide quality exercise equipment of all kinds, from treadmills to kettle weights, from bar bells to stair steppers. Plus Gallagher is a personal trainer who knows his stuff. Fast Fitness offers a 24-hour fitness center starting at only $19 a month.

Are you tired of Starbucks and/or looking for an authentic coffeshop experience outside the Seattle coffee giant’s influence? Coming June 22nd, the Vienna Coffeeshop Company will open up their first location in the Woodlands (Southbound I-45 feeder, south of the Woodlands flyover)

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NEWS BRIEFS Dolly. Recent credits: HGO’s Sweeney Todd, title roles in Theatre LaB’s My Name is Asher Lev and Classical Theatre Company’s Dr. Faustus, Alley Theatre: Ether Dome, Our Town, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Christmas Carol, Stages Repertory: Life Could Be A Dream, Yankee Tavern, and Amy’s View, Unity Theatre: Forever Plaid, Miller Outdoor: Thoroughly Modern Millie. He is a proud member of AEA.

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DYLAN GODWIN (Man #3) returns to TUTS having previously appeared in The Music Man, Reefer Madness, James and the Giant Peach, Sweet Potato Queens (workshop), Beauty and the Beast and 110 in the Shade. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) Regional: Good People, A Christmas Carol, Ether Dome, Amadeus, Peter Pan and Our Town(Alley Theatre.) Life Could Be A Dream, AltarBoyz (Stages), The Tempest, Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company). Houston Press Breakout Performer 2014, Broadway World Best Supporting Actor 2014.

CAST OF FIRST DATE REVEALED Houston – Get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had on a date, with a cast you can’t help but fall for! TUTS Underground brings you First Date, the hilarious and hopeful musical about the chances we all take to find love. This uniquely charming show runs June 11 – 21 in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into an uproarious high-stakes dinner when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. As the date unfolds, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. This is one first date you won’t want to end! We bet you’ll ask this cast out on that second date:

A. J. SHIVELY (Aaron) Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles; Brigadoon (Benefit Concert). Nat’l Tour: The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: February House (The Public); Unlock’d (Prospect); ...Guide To A Successful Marriage (Cherry Lane); Things To Ruin (Second Stage); Little Airplanes Of The Heart (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional: Old Globe; CenterStage; George Street Playhouse; Long Wharf; TheatreWorks; Gulfshore Playhouse; NYMF; Fringe NYC. TV/Film: “The Daily

Show”; Syrup; HairBrained; Nobody Walks In LA; No One Asked Me (upcoming). BFA: University of Michigan.

JESSICA JANES (Casey) is thrilled to be back at TUTS Underground! TUTS Underground: LMNOP, Reefer Madness. TUTS: The Music Man. Catastrophic Theatre: Anna Bella Eema, clean/through, American Falls, Paradise Hotel, Bluefinger, The Pine, Tamarie Cooper’s Old As Hell, Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue, A Very Tamarie Christmas. Stages Repertory: Panto Mother Goose, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Theater LaB: See Rock City!, Reefer Madness. Mildred’s Umbrella: The Flu Season. www.jessicajanes. net

MARK IVY (Man #2) TUTS: Little Shop (Seymour), The Music Man (Traveling Salesman), James…Giant Peach (Centipede);TUTS Underground: Reefer Madness (Ralph); Stages: Xanadu (Thalia), Life Could Be a Dream (Eugene), Next to Normal (Henry), Rabbit Hole(Jason), Various Pantos; The Alley: A Christmas Carol (Travis, Apparition); MSYT’s Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter); BCCM’s Finian’s Rainbow (Og), On the Town, etc.; Theatre LaB: True Love Lies (Royce). BFA in Musical Theatre from SHSU. HSMT and BTP alumnus! instagram/twitter:@ivyonce.

ADAM GIBBS (Man #1) is happy to return the TUTS where he was last seen in Hello,

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KATHRYN PORTERFIELD (Woman #2) is thrilled to be back here at TUTS! Regional Credits: The Music Man (Ensemble) at TUTS, James and the Giant Peach (Lady Bug) with HSMT, Sweet Potato Queens (Flower Tammy) at TUTS Underground, Panto: Rapunzel (Rapunzel) and Xanadu (Euterpe) at Stages Rep, Into the Woods (Lucinda) at Main Street Theater, Parade (Lucille), The Secret Garden (Martha) and Les Miserables (Fantine) at Casa Mañana.

BROOKE WILSON (Woman #1) Favorite credits: Waiting for Johnny Depp (Rita), Reefer Madness (Sally), Whorehouse (Doatsey Mae), Hands On A Hardbody (Cindy), Urban Cowboy (Sissy), Whorehouse (Shy), The Music Man (Ethel), LMNOP (Ruth/LaGreer), When You Wish, Singing In The Rain, Cats, Beauty And The Beast at TUTS, Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Full Monty (Georgie), RENT (Maureen), Trailer Park Musical (Pippi), Evita (Eva cover), The Water Coolers (Judy) (nat’l/inat’l tours), Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen), Bat Boy (Maggie), Beauty And The Beast (Babette),Footloose (Ariel), Christmas Carol, The Miser and Forum at The Alley. www.brookewilson.com TUTS Underground creative team includes director Marley Wisnoski, assistant director Nathan Wilson, choreographer Dana Lewis, musical director and conductor Jack Beetle, scenic designer Ryan McGettigan, sound designer Andrew Harper, lighting designer Christina R. Giannelli and costume designer Colleen Grady. This production of First Date is made possible by the generosity of Mr. David Romero & Mr. David Greiss. TUTS Underground offers a contemporary musical theatre experience featuring local talent in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center, one of Houston’s most intimate performance venues located in the heart of downtown. VIP Experience: Anticipate the thrill of a first date by becoming a part of the action with stage side seats at TUTS Underground’s new musical, First Date! These special VIP seats include a private table for two with tasty snacks, water and an up close and personal view of the fun and flirty production. VIP seats are limited - secure yours today by calling the TUTS Underground Box Office at 713.558.TUTS (8887). “Don’t be late for your First Date!” PreShow Experience: Enjoy live music from the show band and the full service bar on stage 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets: $25 - $49, Online: tutsunderground. com, Phone: 713.558.TUTS

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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. 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 American English - The Complete Beatles Tribute Saturday, May 30, 2015 7:30pm Crighton Theatre The fantasy lives on with these remarkable musicians who take the music to the highest level possible. American English is the closest you will ever get to reliving The Beatles. Whether you grew up with the Fab Four or not, this show will be your window to the past. Witness “The Complete Beatles Tribute” with American English! From classic Beatle favorites such as She Loves You, Twist and Shout,and I Want To Hold Your Hand, to selections from Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, and finally the years of The White Album, Let It Be, and

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Abbey Road. Every musical and visual detail is magically shaped in a colorful journey back in time! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear American English at the Crighton Theatre on May 30th at 7:30 PM! Ray Wylie Hubbard & Uncle Lucius June 6, 2015 Crighton Theatre Outlaw player Ray Wylie Hubbard is best known for penning the Texas anthem ‘Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother’, made famous in a recording by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973. While not indicative of Hubbard’s true body of work, that tune thrust him into the spotlight in the progressive country genre and spurned the formation of the band The Cowboy Twinkies, one of the first cowpunk bands that blurred the lines between country and rock. While this most recent appearance on the Crighton stage won’t be a song swap, you can count on some stories from Hubbard between songs anyway. Ray Waylie Hubbard currently has a book in production and he is due to release a new album April 7, The Ruffian’s Misfortune. Like the city that brought them together, Uncle Lucius is a gumbo, with hints of Americana and folk juxtaposed with a slow-cooked roux that is steeped in classic rock ‘n’ roll and the blues. The resulting flavor is familiar and unique, roots at its most refined, albeit with a gutbucket foundation. After 8 years of touring across Texas and to both coasts and back, the band was named 2014’s Best New Band by the Texas Regional Radio Report. Their most recent release, Live at Grady’s 66 Pub, is available for free download at www.noisetrade.com/unclelucius. They are currently in preproduction for their next studio recording with George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shinyribs, Band of Heathens), with the album to be released in early 2015. Ray Wylie Hubbard and Uncle Lucius come to

the Crighton Theatre on June 6th! 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 Saturday, 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


EVENT CALENDAR continued Continued from page 8 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.

sure to put it on your calendar! “Anyone interested in joining a lineage society is invited to participate,” said Mary Kokot, Huntsville Public Library Adult Services Coordinator. “Bring any genealogical & family materials you have, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along. Help will be available to assist in preparing your lineage papers, and worksheets and handouts will be furnished.” The workshop is taught by Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, a local professional genealogist who has helped many with history and lineage society applications.

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Hazy Yet Vivid On View Through July 3, 2015 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 Shrek, The Musical retrieval. The public is invited to an opening July 10 - 26, 2015 reception beginning at 6 p.m. on May 22 at Crighton Theatre Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Don- Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is availkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the able. beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. CSA Pick-up Party #1 Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of Saturday, June 6, 2015 fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, Fresh Arts and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musi2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX cal comedy around! Featuring all new songs Join Fresh Arts for a unique pick-up events where as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, you can meet this year’s CSA artists and see the SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much- work! loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on Discover: Get a first-hand peek at the talent right stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravain your own backyard. ganza. Join the adventure! Collect: Jump start your collection or original art Performances for Shrek the Musical are July with unique pieces from up-and-coming 10-26, 2015! Note that an additional matinee artists has been added the last weekend on Saturday Connect: Get to know the featured artists at fun at 2pm. pick-up events. Support: Build Houston’s creative economy & DISCOVERY directly support the work of emerging artists Those who purchase shares are afforded the opLineage Society Workshop portunity to discover new artists and gain exposure Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:30am - 3pm to a variety of disciplines, while receiving six Huntsville Public Library pieces of new, original work from local artists at Have you ever wondered if your ancestors a fantastic value and playing a part in helping to fought alongside George Washington in the cultivate a vibrant art community. American Revolutionary War, or maybe even sold provisions to the Continental Army? Per- Marketing Meet-up: Are you looking to haps they were passengers on the Mayflower. meet-up with fellow arts marketers? Want to prove it? Then a lineage society is for Tuesday, June 9, 2015 you. And while a lineage society is a way to Fresh Arts take pride in an ancestor’s accomplishments, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston it’s also a great way to test your research skills Fresh Arts coordinates regular Meet-ups by and learn more about certain lines in your function area across organizations that family history. provide an opportunity for artists and arts The Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter of the organization staff for this purpose. Daughters of the American Revolution and Our goal for these Meet-ups is to bring arts the Huntsville Public Library are hosting their administrators (by function) together across annual Lineage Society Work-shop Thursday, disciplines, geography, and budget sizes to June 11, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. network, as well as share challenges and best in the Community Room at the Huntsville practices. Public Library, located at 1219 13th Street. The workshop will offer assistance in preparation of lineage applications to any patriotic or lineage society (for women and/or men). Be

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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“Circling the Drain” commentary by Bart Pearston bart.pearston@publicnewsonline.com

“This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.” Donald Trump

Bart Pearston

Hope you didn’t miss my article last week. With all the recent rain, I sat watching it run down my drainage sewers and read THIS startling comment. What was your initial reaction to that statement? shock?, sadness?, denial? None of the above?

If it is shock you are probably one of those who believes that the reported 5.4% unemployment rate, the quarter million jobs added monthly, the record all-time stock market highs, and the six year economic recovery shows the statement to be ridiculous. If on the other hand it was sadness, you probably see the record high number of

working age out of the workforce, below the poverty level and receiving food stamps and/ or disability, taking psychotropic prescription medicines, and record national debt combined with the general decline in civility, public morals, and trust in our leaders as proof.

from the past are doomed to repeat it) and the revelation that our past Secretary of State’s deleted Emails were anything but private and not just “a distraction and noise”.

What about door number three, Monty Hall? Maybe you just don’t believe ANY of the reports that come out. You don’t know what to believe since so many “experts” disagree and their reports contradict each other. Even the major “news” networks are clearly biased in their stories and their “star” reporters like Brian Williams and George Stephanopoulos, have been proven to be dishonest and/or shills with an agenda. Their selection of “stories” is even suspect.

The even more shocking statement by Jonathan Gruber earlier this year that , “We counted on the ignorance of the American People” displays an elitist mentality that makes me join the fourth opinion. I choose “None of the above”. Yes, I acknowledge the failures of the promised, “Great Society” in our society and culture. Anyone who doesn’t is as willfully ignorant as an ostrich. But I also don’t believe it is anywhere close to a “Hellhole’. Why would the millions come here each year, both legally and illegally, if it were?

Both sides throw out statistics and numbers to support their claims. That is when they bother to let the public know what they are doing in the first place. This week we saw a “Trade Bill” that was passed without knowing what was in it, (Those who don’t learn

I don’t believe the American public is all that confused about our current plight. Many are engaged in a political “mind game mentality” rooting for “THEIR SIDE” to win like it is some kind of ballgame. in my humble opinion, they are the ones responsible for the

government we now have. But most aren’t. Their interests are “country first” and not, “me first”. Unless we have independent media which provides unbiased information, The Public News, to those who are non-partisan independents, the divide in our nation politically will become toxic. As long as you continue reading, we will try to be that source. Our Founding Fathers, especially our first three Presidents, all warned of the dangers of political party affiliations that obscure our country from clearly seeing through corrupt politicians or candidates who seem to be more interested in self promotion than problem solving. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually vote on candidates in an election based on their RECORDS (and not their promises) and ideas minus maybe their names or party affiliations? THAT may sound crazy and unworkable, but it might actually solve the growth of voter indifference and apathy produced by a media obsessed with “gotcha questions” and scandal scoops.

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CHINA’S LOST CIVILIZATION, THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI story and photos by Rosanne Friedman rosanne.friedman@publicnewsonline.com 12

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The figure that greets all viewers walking into the ancient Chinese exhibit, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is monumentally tall and post-thin from the Bronze Age in southwestern China. The face is something never seen before. A stylized mask that is riveting- simple and powerful: clear lines define the eyes, nose and mouth. Arms held out as holding something, now fingers and thumb in perfect circle are wrapped around an empty space. The joints of the hands are evident and each finger is rendered separately. This is not a cartoon generalization of hands but in contrast to the highly stylized face these sophisticated huge hands are more natural. Perhaps the figure was holding an elephant tusk since elephant tusks are found in the pit. We can only guess at the reason why. This figure is wearing an embellished tunic that delicately flares to the hem below the knee. Standing flatfooted and solid on a pedestal that is engraved, embellished and carved with stylized shapes that are reminiscent of bird and beak, the foot of the base curls up with a lyrical finish. The resonance between the organic gesture of life and the stylizations with softened geometry is distinctive, enthralling. Entering the gallery we are embraced by the

semi-darkness, comfortable but cool in temperature and warmed by music. Lights are focused to allow the clarity, dimension and in some cases cast shadow to define the forms. The impact is a nonverbal invitation to relax and join the mystery that surrounds these mesmerizing objects. There are ample places to sit in reverie. This is a place for those who seek out mysteries that almost go beyond the reach of word. No one has seen faces like these. There was no writing, no handy way to understand them, archeologists are still in search. To describe we can make some observations: a mask like face, both bold and delicate. The figure seems to be based on a square post. The ears standing out from the head—is hearing is emphasized with these stylized ears? The mouth is wide and narrow, slightly open, it stretches across and around the face and in some the lips are gently curved up at the corners. Are they smiling? The eye socket as a protruding almond shape that tilts up at the corner. A line across the face marking a cheekbone again and again-- that line appears on a face that’s smiling. Are they smiling at us? The gentle chin stands out from the neck with an indication of a square jaw, perhaps an echo of the structure of the post underneath or some

other intent? The only standing figure in the exhibit is tall, dignified, to see this figure is to look up, tall and yet higher on a pedestal. If this is meant to be admired or intimidating in its power, I am admiring and am in awe. These figures and masks are powerful and there is something modern about their simplicity: Picasso- known to steal ideas from any studio he entered-would steal them. But maybe others found their designs worth emulating: the imagination of an art historian

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could go into action here- a look at the ancient Scythians metalwork and there are similarities with some of the objects. The Scythians were nomads who roamed the Eurasian steppes and Central Asia at their peak they dominated Central China. They were a few hundred years after the Sanxingdui, but around the same time as the Jinsha peoples. We enter here and are invited in comfort to sit and ponder about the possibilities of what these objects might have been understood to be— Gods or idols, performing rituals for peacekeeping—good weather, water, or warriors calling troops to battle? And what we might see them to be: an extension of the love of things Chinese as we love the echo of the delicacy of designs reminiscent in later Chinese art, or curves of design found in yet other civilizations. The bold mask like face with eyeballs that are posts, as if posts were the act of staring, capture abstraction in the object and then live in the viewer’s memory as only iconic images are able to do. Finding these objects was much like finding archeology all over the globe-- A chance meeting, a chance digging. There is a hole somewhere something dropped in it. The farmer digging a drainage ditch came upon some jade in this area as far back as 1929. And there were wars and politics to digress from their uncovering. There was exploration in the 1950’s and 1960’s and finally in the 1980’s an international professional archeological dig came into places that were further southwest in China than things were ever found and found these, upsetting the status quo and story about what happened where and when, giving archeologists new objects and new mysteries to uncover. We may join them here. The exhibit continues through September 7.

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PUBLIC NEWS GIG GUIDE CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203 no website Open Mic every Thursday 8pm with Dan Scott & Friends Sat May 23 9pm Earl T and the Tattered Hearts Fri June 5 8pm Lyssa Warren Cerise Sat June 6 9pm Charlie Parker Band [Frank Ingram Benefit] Fri June 12 8pm Groove Bone Sat June 13 9pm .07 Blues Band Sun June 14 4pm Open Mic Jam Fri June 19 8pm Dark Energy Sat June 20 9pm Dunville [Roy Jimenez Benefit] Fri June 26 8pm Rainchild Sat June 27 9pm The Rod Brothers [Operation Sunscreen] Sun June 28 4pm Open Mic Jam 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 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 30 9pm Texas Johnny Boy Dosey Doe Music Cafe 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-321-2171 www.doseydoe.com Thurs May 28 8:30pm The Circle Slide 25th Anniversary 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 Sat May 30 9pm Cadillac Blues Band Kat Daddy Bar 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-273-9342 www.katdaddysbar.com Every Sunday 4pm Corey Micheal, Caleb & Friends Papa’s On The Lake 9400 Hwy 105 W., Lake Conroe 936-447-2500 www.papasonthelake.com No Music Reported 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 29 9pm Apothica,Everything Shatters, DML Cartel, Chaotic Justice Sat May 30 9pm Disciple Of Doom, Oceans Of Slumber, The Choosen, Tracing Over Evil Fri June 5 9pm Sounding Angels, Ases Of Eagles, Chester Rushing, Sixl6 Sat June 6 9pm Reachdown Radio Showcase (Free

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Show With Ticket) Fri June 12 9pm Winters End, Cortez, Carranza, Never Quite The King Sat June 13 9pm Ozz, No Remorse, Ratchet Dolls Fri June 19 9pm Sugarball Exp,Hacksaw Man,The Cory Michael Band Sat June 20 9pm The Van Hagar Project, Judas X Fri June 26 9pm Wellwell, When All Is Lost, The Rest Of The Guys, Polly Suede 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 *] 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 Thurs. June 11 7:30pm Sheri Lavo Fri. June 12 7:30pm Jenn Harris Sat. June 13 7:30pm Mike Allen & Stephen Sullivan Thurs. June 18 7:30pm Morgan Taylor Wilson Fri. June 19 7:30pm The Silvertones Sat. June 20 7:30pm Russell Boyd Thurs. June 25 7:30pm Grant Harrison Fri. June 26 7:30pm Sean Harrold Sat. June 27 7:30pm Chase Gassaway

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. 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 Wed June 3 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-11pm FREE! Thu June 4 Deathpunk Slursdays w/Killer Hearts and Screech of Death ($3 Cover) Fri June 5 Brumes, Dead to the World, Black Irish Texas, Jason Bancroft and the Wealthy Beggars Sat June 6 Poor Dumb Bastards, The Beaumonts, The Bad Drugs, Wed June 10 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-8pm Free! 8pm-11pm $5 Thu June 11 Silver Blueberry, Saturday Night Soldiers, We are Computers Fri June 12 BLOWFLY, Modfag, DJ Black Slacks [$13 Presale, $15 Day Of Show] Sat June 13 Hounds of Jezebel,Dead Woods, Sun June 14 Level Up Comedy Night? Mon June 15 7:30pm Open Mic Comedy FREE! Tue June 16 Bootown presents: Grown Up Story Time 8pm Show and 10pm show [$5] Wed June 17 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-11pm FREE! Thu June 18 SILS, Ak’chamel, Bayou Vimana, Dead Horseman Revival, Fri June 19 Letters to Voltron, End Is Now, The EarthAsWeKnowIt,$8 Sat June 20 Raceway, Camera Out, Eric Todd [$8] Thur June 25 Rudyard’s Beer Tasting featuring Brash Brewery Fri June 26 Visionary Noise presents: TBA Sat June 27 Mike Stinson, Hard Luck Revival

Wed July 1 Western Swing Wednesdays/7-11pm FREE! Thur July 2 Deathpunk Slursdays featuring Supergrave and Unconvicted($3) Fri July 3 Alex Riddle,Cavern Hymnal, Belvoir, $8 Cover Sat July 4 Happy July 4th!!!!!

NORTH SPRING 19th Hole Grill & Bar 202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574 www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows] 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, Royale, Desecrated Remains, The Earth As We Know It, Scavenger, It Fri June 5 8pm Hitting Subset, Calamity Jane, The Victory At Maple Sat June 06 8pm Intrinsic Thu June 11 8pm Grand Antler Teeth Fri June 12 8pm poor dumb bastards, The Guillotine, Supergrave Sat June 13 8pm Southbound 45 Thu June 18 8pm Big E & The Lowdown Fri June 19 8pm Carter, The Chase Meridian Sat June 20 8pm Killa Maul, Snake Skin Prison Sat June 27 8pm Pussy Factory Sat July 04 8pm Mezzanine, The Fifth Fire Fri July 17 8pm Vagrant Sons, Vanilla Whale, The Dirty Seeds, Stone Machine Electric Fri July 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 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 28 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri May 29 8:30pm Breakfast At Tiffany’s Sat May 30 8:30pm Luther and the Healers Thur June 4 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri June 5 8:30pm Buck Yeager Band Sat June 6 8:30pm Next Level Band Thur June 11 8:30pm Salsa Night Fri June 12 8:30pm Johnny & the Spinsters Sat June 13 8:30pm The Goods Band Dosey Doe Big Barn 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com Fri May 29 8:30pm Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros Sat May 30 8:30pm Shawn Colvin Thur June 4 8:30pm Bucky Covington Fri June 5 8:30pm Lari White and Chuck Cannon Sat June 6 8:30pm Willis Alan Ramsey with Special Guest Alison Rogers Sun June 7 7:30pm Acoustic Alchemy Thur June 11 8:30pm Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes Fri June 12 8:30pm Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion 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


MUSIC NOTES & NEWS Thursdays 6pm Open Mic Wunsche Brothers Cafe 103 Midway, Spring 281-350-1902 http://www.wunschebroscafe.com Public News sends good thoughts to Wunsche Brothers Cafe and their employees and families as they rebuild from the March 29th fire.

SPRING Bombshells 21005 I-45 North, Spring 281-288-2769 www.4bombshells.com Fri 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 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 29 9pm Treynwrek Fri Jun 5 9pm Space Monkey Sat June 13 9pm JB Barnett Fri June 19 9pm .07 Blues Band Fri June 26 9pm Sundance Head Sat June 29 9pm Under Cover Brothas Two Mules Tavern http://www.twomulestavern.com 100 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 281-528-0600 Fri May 29 9pm VCR Fri June 19 9pm Texas TNT Fri June 26 9pm VCR

THE WOODLANDS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, 281-210-1105 www.woodlandscenter.org Thu, May 28 8pm Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band Fri, May 29 8pm The Music of Led Zeppelin with the Houston Symphony Sat May 30 7:30pm Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson Fri June 12 8pm Disney In Concert Sat June 13 4:30pm Boom Bash – King of the Mic with LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip with Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster’s Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang and Public Enemy Wed June 17 7:30pm MOVE with Derek & Julianne Hough Fri June 19 8pm Texas Music Festival Orchestra FREE Sat June 20 2:30pm 93Q’s A Day In The Country with Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses, Chase Bryant, Drake White, Casey James and Michael Ray Thu July 2 7:30pm Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional Fri July 3 8pm Star-Spangled Salute with the Houston

Symphony Fri July 10 6:30pm Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall Sat July 11 4pm Bud Light Weenie Roast with Shinedown, Blue October, X Ambassadors, Meg Meyers and Nothing More Fri July 17 7:30pm The Avett Brothers with Old Crow Medicine Show Sat July 18 7pm Steely Dan with Elvis Costello & The Imposters Tue July 21 6:35pm Sublime with Rome with Rebelution, Pepper & Mickey Avalon Wed July 22 7pm Kid Rock with Foreigner Fri July 24 7pm Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa with Hoodie Allen Sat July 25 7:30pm Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire Thu July 30 8pm “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the Houston Symphony Fri July 31 8pm Idina Menzel Sat Aug. 1 1pm Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, White Chapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange, Feed Her to the Sharks & Kissing Candice Sat Aug. 8 7:30pm 5 Seconds of Summer with Hey Violet Sat Aug. 15 8pm Grease Sing-A-Long Wed Aug. 19 6:15pm Incubus & Deftones with Death From Above 1979 and The Bots

TOMBALL Brautigams Bar & Grill 106 Market St, Tomball 832-698-4461 www.brautigamsbarngrill.com No Music Reported Cheers 916 West Main St., Tomball 281-351-2599 no website Sat May 30 Corey Michael Band Main Street Crossing 111 West Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com 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 29 8pm Micky Hobbs Sat May 30 8pm TBA Fri June 5 8pm TBA Sat June 6 8pm TBA

WEST HOUSTON Shakespeare Pub 14129 Memorial Dr, Houston 281-497-4625 http://www.shakespearepub.net 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 Thur June 4 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri June 5 9:30pm Erin Jaimes Band Sat June 6 9:30pm No Refund Band Sun June 7 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Thur June 11 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri June 12 9:30pm Erin Jaimes Band Sat June 13 9:30pm No Refund Band Sun June 14 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam Thur June 18 9:30pm Sonny Boy Terry Fri June 19 9:30pm Erin Jaimes Band Sat June 20 9:30pm No Refund Band Sun June 21 9pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam

Exuding passion and embracing wonder in every endeavor may well be the most defining quality of Asheville, North Carolina’s native-daughter and rapidly rising star that is Rainey Qualley. She moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting but quickly embraced her desire to entertain, and she is now the flagship artist for the new label Cingle Records. Born in New York, NY, Rainey’s family moved to Missoula, Montana when she was two. Living on a farm in the Big Sky state with her parents, older brother and younger sister afforded wide open spaces to roam and play. Her love of the outdoors and animals were firmly entrenched by the time the family moved to Asheville, North Carolina when she was nine. “We didn’t own a television, so my brother, sister and I and friends would be outside playing catching salamanders, climbing trees – everything most kids do outside,” said Rainey. A student of dance since the age of two, Rainey always loved the performing arts and was a passionate participant in school plays, dance competitions, and choirs throughout her childhood. She credits dance for giving her an appreciation for a wide variety of music genres and styles. Between dance, the music her father listened to at home and in his own bands and her own eclectic tastes, she credits Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Otis Redding, Etta James, The Temptations and others for helping drive her love of music.

“Being in the Appalachian Mountains, those sounds are really native to my ears, and I love the historical element of Country music – it’s so native to America,” she said. “Country is innately earthy, which I’m drawn to.” Rainey began creating her own songs as a young child, and her father taught her how to play guitar. Her love of writing and performing eventually led her to Nashville, where she immersed herself in the creative community. “I love the songwriting atmosphere in Nashville. Everyone is making music, and there’s a real sense of community here.” Second only to her passion for songwriting and music is her love for animals. She calls herself the “crazy cat lady” and confesses to carrying cat food in her car to share with strays she encounters. Her own two cats, Myrtle and Wizard, were rescued from the basement of a vacant house. Rainey was recently announced as the flagship artist on the new Nashville label Cingle Records, and she is currently working on her debut album with acclaimed producer Russ Zavitson. Her song, “Turn Me On Like The Radio,” was added as a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM’s The Highway and rose to #17 on their countdown. Her debut single “Me And Johnny Cash” hits country radio soon. TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS will be released on June 2, 2015.

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5.ATE Café

Gourmet food in a rock climbing gym an interview with Chef Charlie Williams story and photos by Nick Rama nick.rama@publicnewsonline.com

Left to right: Charlie Williams, Elisa Godina de Chavez, Natasha Jiminez, Jared Hobson

The first time I walked into 5.ATE Café, I really had no idea what to expect from this walk up counter inside of a rock climbing gym. By the time I left, I was using words like “delicious”, “genius” and “original” to describe my experience. 5.ATE was recommended to me by a fellow foodie, Matt Bessey, and it’s a good thing word was starting to get out on social media about this café, or I would never have found it. Located just inside the entrance to the Inspire Rock Climbing Gym, owner/chef, Charlie Renee Williams and crew are cooking up some absolutely amazNick Rama ing and wholly original dishes from their small, open concept, kitchen. Upon walking up to the counter I was cheerfully greeted by Shane who after learning it was my first visit to 5.ATE, was happy to tell me a little bit about two of his favorite dishes. The Vietnamese Banh Mi with Pork Belly is a slow roasted pork belly, spicy pate, mayo, house pickled daikon and carrots topped with cilantro and thinly sliced fresh jalapenos, served on a bolillo roll. Shane’s second recommendation was the Shar-Warma Burger, a crispy patty of freshly ground certified angus beef, banana peppers, feta cheese, creamy tzatzki sauce an a garlic chili sauce on a house made sourdough English muffin, topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. Being a fan of Greek/Mediterranean flavor profiles, I ordered the Shar-Warma burger with a side of garlic fries. I’ve got to be honest, I love a good banh mi and that is normally what I would have ordered, but I couldn’t help but wonder if I could really find good pork belly inside of a

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rock climbing gym (a week later I would find out, that I absolutely could). I took a seat at one of the four top tables and waited for my order to be delivered while watching people of all ages and fitness levels try their hands at indoor rock climbing. Once Shane brought out my order, the first thing I noticed was how incredible the food smelled! I took my first taste of the burger and was instantly a fan of Chef Charlie and 5.Ate Café. The beef patty had crispy edges, while still being very juicy; it reminded me of a good gyro, which worked incredibly well with the Greek seasoning in the meat. But was still juicy and perfectly seasoned. The toppings and two sauces work so well together with the tartness from the banana peppers being complimented by the creamy tzatzki sauce and the brininess of the feta and the bit of spice from the garlic chili sauce all combining to make this one of the best burgers I have ever had. Holding this master-

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piece together is a house made sourdough English muffin that is thicker and yet a bit lighter than your standard English muffin. The texture of this was a welcome change from your average hamburger bun and the served to soak up those two wonderful sauces rather than having them just fall out onto your plate as normally happens with other burgers. My garlic fries were perfectly cooked; slightly crispy on the outside and tender and fluffy inside. Generally, when you order garlic fries, it’s a sad tablespoon of jarred garlic dumped onto some fries, but not at 5.Ate. Chef Charlie brushes the fries with garlic butter and tops the fries with paper-thin slices of freshly sautéed garlic. These things were the essence of garlic. I finished my meal and went back to work where I told a few of my coworkers about my outstanding lunch. A few of them decided to make the short drive and try it for themselves and also became instant fans. Just as my wife

and mother-in-law did when I took them to 5.Ate for dinner that same night. Yes, this place was so good I ate there twice in one day! When I returned that evening, Chef Charlie recognized me from my visit earlier in the day and warmly welcomed me back. I couldn’t decide which of their stone baked pizzas to try, so Charlie suggested I try a half and half pizza. I told him to surprise me and I’m really glad I did. When my pizza was ready, Chef Charlie brought it out and explained that half of the pizza was the Ratatouille and the other half was their Sausage and Peppers. The Ratatouille has a layer of roasted eggplant and garlic spread, topped with provolone cheese, sweet crushed tomatoes, capers, thin and vertically sliced pan dried zucchini and squash, finished with Grano Padano cheese. The Sausage and Peppers contained Chef Charlie’s Mediterranean red bell pepper sauce and was topped with sliced Italian sausage and provolone cheese. I have never been to Italy; this is what I imagine pizza tasting like there, with a nice chewy, light and airy crust with slight charred spots from their stone baked pizza oven. I have found that generally, when you put too many vegetables or meats on a pizza the crust becomes soggy, especially in the center and Chef Charlie manages to avoid this while still providing a generous amount of toppings to his pizzas. The toppings were so fresh and of excellent quality, with the Italian sausage being the real stand out ingredient here. It had a very nice texture, and the flavor and the sweetness of the sauce complimented it. Since that first day and over the course of 10 months, I have tried just about every menu item and what is so nice about being a regular customer at 5.ATE, is that you never know what type of specials you will find yourself walking in to. So far they have all been incredible. Charlie had told me that his burgers are supposed to


be messy to eat, which is fine with me because his flavor combinations always work so well together. While there are only six burgers on the regular menu, I’ve been lucky enough to try about twenty different burgers at 5.Ate, thanks to Charlie’s limited special edition burgers, which are occasionally posed on the café’s Facebook page (when this happens, get there quickly because they sell out fast). I have been so impressed by Charlie’s offerings that I chose him as Chef of the year on my 2014 Best Of list (see Public News issue #7), along with Best Gourmet Pizza, Best Gourmet Burger and Best Restaurant. We even had a tasting with a group of 35 people for our Spring/Woodlands Foodie Tasting and Deals members. That night was all rave reviews. Charlie’s creativity is unmatched in my opinion. I would love to see him on a show like Food Network’s Chopped and let him go with a basket of secret ingredients to see what he would come up with. Some of Charlie’s off menu items have been his over the top specials that have been very successful. Here are a few highlights: -The Peppercorn Burger that is a play on a steak au poivre, and consists of a crispy pressed Angus patty coated in Dijon and cracked peppercorns then smothered in a cognac and mushroom cream sauce. -The Chipotle Triple-Threat, which had crispy pressed freshly ground certified Angus beef, spicy chipotle cream, chipotle tamarind BBQ sauce and chipotle gouda cheese with hickory smoked bacon and a dill pickle slice. -Turkey Day Burger, which was a Thanksgiving time special. In this one he used turkey burger patty mixed with dried cranberries, pecans and Gorgonzola cheese topped with a slice of flat top grilled cornbread stuffing made with duck broth. cranberry sauce adorns the top half of the sweet potato bun while the bottom half gets a light spread of honey butter served with a side of pickled green apple/red onion slaw. -The Underground, which is a Wagyu

burger topped with excellent quality gorgonzola and topped with a house made caramelized onion and fig bacon jam. -Pot Roast sandwich that will make you forget your grandma’s. It has boneless black Angus short ribs braised with Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout, perfectly cooked carrots on a butter roll with pickled shallots in a gremolata. I could go on and on about the specials I have had, but another aspect of this place that really I love is the friendliness of the staff. You really don’t expect any follow up care in a casual environment like this, but they will ask to get refills for you, ask how everything is with your meal and if Charlie has time he will even come out and check on and chat with his customers. If you are looking for a fabulous gourmet meal and don’t want to get dressed up to go dine out, I highly recommend checking out 5.ATE Café… you just never know what yummy goodness he will have on the menu on any given day. If not, get my new favorite burger the Garlic Butter and Kale Burger. I got to sit down with the mastermind behind 5.ATE Café and here is what he had to say. What made you decide to open your establishment in a rock climbing gym? Family. When my brother-in-law finally got the go ahead for the gym, there was extra room and he called my wife and me. The rest is history. Please explain where the name 5.ATE Café came from? 5.ATE is a play on the rock climbing difficulty scale. 5.1 - 5.15 What are your most popular menu items? We sell quite a few hamburgers. I planned to be a pizza restaurant but we are in Texas. Folks love to try the unexpected so anything off menu goes quickly. So, you set out to be a gourmet pizza joint inside a rock climbing gym. Tell us more about your style of pizzas. Dough is the key. I love thin hand tossed Italian style pizzas. To be chewy but light and crisp. The sourdough gives outs a little extra Flavor as well. I see you have some quirky names for some of your regular menu items. How did you come up with those names? I try to keep with rock climbing related names if possible such as the Hueco Tanks. A climbing site near El Paso. Also the Shar- warma is named partially after a famous climber.

You have some off-the-wall crazy specials weekly. What is your inspiration to come up with them? I shop for groceries every day, sometimes twice a day, and I see all the fresh produce. That’s one. Second would be great memories of food growing up and things I’ve eaten while traveling. I have personally had quite a few of your burger/sandwich specials, my favorite being The Peppercorn, The Underground and The Chipotle Triple threat. How do you decide what will eventually go on the menu and for how long you run a special burger? Hummm, some burgers are over the top and I love them but they might not work in a quick service setting like we have at the gym so they wouldn’t last long as a special. Simple flavors are more likely to stay on for the long haul. I see you have pork belly on a few menu items. Tell us about your cooking technique on this? Dry rubbed for a few days and then 4 hours low and slow after a quick hot sear. What is your favorite meal here? What has been the most successful menu item? I love love the Banh Mi. It’s not traditional bread but sometimes food takes on local ingredients. Our Banh Mi uses a staple of the area, the bolillo. I like to use the best of what’s available, plus the roof of my mouth prefers the softer less crumbly Mexican style roll. We also use a large 1/4# portion of our slow roasted pork belly which isn’t as common traditionally The Classic is our most popular item. 1/4# fresh ground Angus chuck, white cheddar and pickles on a freshly made English muffin style bun dripping with homemade 1000 Island (aka Cafe sauce). What can someone expect walking up to order at 5.ATE Café if they have never been there before? A smiling face, a computer screen with our menu and probably one of the only gyms they’ve ever walked into that smells of garlic and onions. Quality seems important to you, from the meat that you use all the way to the house made English muffin buns and bread. Can you tell us more about what special ingredients you use and a little more about the meat and buns? I only use the freshest most healthful ingredients, which is the main reason I shop so much. The meat is Certified Angus and is hard to beat for flavor and quality. The buns and pizza dough are sourdough but the rest is a closely guarded secret. Where did you learn your craft? I’ve had a few food related jobs during high school and college, BBQ and fast food, also running a grill at the dining hall in college, but I’m mostly self/TV taught. I started watching Great Chefs of the West when I was little before there was a Food Network. What drives Chef Charlie Williams? What a great job I have making people happy. I always want to work to the best of my ability like I was cooking for the Lord. I want to bring glory to God by the way I run my business, how I treat my employees and how that translates into food. This is the best I can do. Tell me about your staff. You have some culinary school students working with you; what do they bring to the team? We have three basically full time kitchen staff. Elisa Godina de Chavez has completed the first half of her culinary degree and Natasha Jiminez has graduated, both from LeNôtre here in Houston. My Sous Chef Jared Hobson has grown up in kitchens with nearly 10 years in the business. When you have a small restaurant, its invaluable to have a group who consider this a career rather continued on page 19

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WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT 5.ATE CAFE’ “I would like to see Chef Charlie on Chopped or a Throw Down competition with Bobbie Flay, because yes he is that good at what he does and I think he would be victorious! Guy Fieri of Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dive’s – 5.ATE Cafe is waiting for you!” – Nick R. “What can I say about Chef Charlie? He is a very talented chef that understands the flavors of the ingredients he uses. Every recipe is composed with such thought and attention to detail to the flavor profile of the dish that each bite reminds me of the first time I was there. The shar-warma burger is the absolute best burger I’ve ever had and the braised pork belly banh mi is over the top good. It’s still hard for me to believe that this little cafe with killer food is tucked away in the corner of a rock-climbing studio!!! What a gem!!!” –Wade E. “If I was a pig, I would sacrifice my belly to 5.ATE Cafe! Charlie’s food is so creative, balanced with incredible flavor and texture combinations. He makes exciting food! “ Kerry S. “Unassuming is a good word to describe both the location of 5.ATE Cafe and Chef Charlie Williams. Fabulously creative would also be another way to describe how Chef Charlie practices his art form. The food will catch you totally by surprise the very first time you venture there. You don’t normally expect to find gourmet burgers on fabulous house made English muffin buns or scratch made pizza in a rock-climbing place. They peaked my interest with the Shar-Warma Burger and blew my socks of with the Peppercorn Burger with a creamy cognac sauce. And the garlic butter fries... Sorry, but I need a moment alone now. Seriously, do yourself and your taste buds a big favor and give Chef Charlie and 5.ATE Cafe the opportunity to work their magic on you.” – Mike F. “Chef Charlie is a culinary genius! He is always coming up with new flavor combinations and innovative menu items. 5.ATE is one of my family’s places to dine. If I don’t feel like cooking dinner, I know I can rely on 5.ATE for a quality meal my family will enjoy.” – Jamie A. “One whiff of roasting pork belly. One bite of carefully crafted deliciousness and you’ll forget you’re sitting in a rock climbing gym and think you’ve passed through the wardrobe into Narnia. I could eat here (and have) every day of the week and thrice on Saturday and leave wondering what Charlie could possibly put in front of me next time to top what I just finished and yet somehow he manages to do just that.” – Matt B. “I am so glad to have 5 Ate as a dining option in Spring. It’s been a perfect spot to meet up with friends and introduce them to something a little different than your average burger place. Chef Charlie really thinks about some unique flavor combinations and you can tell he takes pride in the product he is putting out. My favorite has to be the Farmhouse with the Rueben coming in a very close second, of course you cannot forget the garlic fries which are out of this world!” -Kelly B. continued on page 19

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SIPPIN’ AROUND TOWN

BOVINE & BARLEY: Serving up Beef & Brew with Style by Jamie Alvear

jamie.alvear@publicnewsonline.com The downtown Houston bar scene is hopping these days and adding to that excitement is Houston’s newest gastropub, Bovine & Barley. Gone are the days of slamming a generic beer with a handful of bar nuts. Bars have finally realized that foodies want a craft brew and a gourmet meal. Partners Michael Collins (The Fish, The Refinery Burgers & Whiskey) and Jason Lowery (Proof Rooftop Lounge) opened Bovine & Barley in the former El Centro location at Prairie and Main. The space has been completely transformed into a sophisticated yet bold lounge filled with rich wood accents, custom tables, and Edgar Allan Poe quotes. In the center of the restaurant is a magnificent u-shaped bar that is very comfortable and welcoming. Of course you can’t miss the hundreds of light bulbs that adorn the wall spelling out HTX. There’s also a private room upstairs that is perfect for meetings or intimate gatherings. Plans are currently in the works for an outdoor patio that will seat up to 30. When it comes to the Barley part of B & B, they have really taken care of business. Over 40 beers are available on tap and many of those are from local breweries. Since the selection changes frequently, the menu is shown on computerized screens. Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed with the selection. Matt Heer has created a superb bar program and his staff, which include awesome bartenders like John Havens (AKA “Red”), are extremely knowledgeable and ready to help make a suggestion. I started with a Union Jack IPA; it was an exceptional beer with notes of citrus and honey. Wanting to try something a little bolder, my next pick was Deschutes Obsidian Stout Nitro. This luscious beer could easily pass for liquid continued on the next page

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dessert. It was deep and robust with hints of espresso and chocolate. Although beer is obviously the main focus of B & B, wine and cocktail drinkers will find something to enjoy as well. They have a full bar, but be sure to try one of their draft cocktails. These barrel aged cocktails rival any libation being served by local mixologists. You have the benefit of a great craft cocktail without having to spend 10 minutes watching it be made. Eventually, there will be up to six choices. I tried three that were currently being offered, the Sauvage Collins (Lone Elm Vodka, Citron Sauvage Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup), the Old Swine (Fat Washed and Un-Fatwashed WhipperSnapper Whiskey, Water, Turbo, Angostura and Mole Bitters), and the Smoke & Fire Mule (Mezcal, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Ginger Beer, Hellfire Shrub Bitters). Now about the Bovine part. B & B offers a “beef-centric” menu masterfully created by Chef Harold Wong (The Fish, Azuma). I was interested to see how his approach would be to this meat centered menu considering he is known for his skills with a more delicate cuisine. I have to say I was quite impressed. B & B has an assortment of “comfort food” type entrees with a rich, beefy goodness to them. The small bites are perfect for sharing and include options like Meatloaf Muffins, Steak on a Stick, Meatball Flatbread, HTX Sliders, Cast Iron Queso, and Jalapeño Bacon Bites. My favorites were the Steak on a Stick (beef skewers with shishito peppers, grilled onions, and Thai chili sauce) and the Jalapeño Bacon Bites (pineapple chunks wrapped in jalapeño bacon and stuffed with cream cheese). For a heartier fare, I recommend the Bovine Burger. It’s a ½ pound Angus beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, lettuce, and tomato. B & B does offer a few non-beef items like Southern Fried Chicken and a Tuna Steak burger, as well as salads. People of all ages will find something to love about Bovine & Barley. They are open for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Bovine & Barley is a great place to drink, dine, and be merry! In the words of Edgar Allan Poe, “What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” Bovine & Barley is located at 416 Main Street in Houston, Texas. Their phone number is (832) 742-5683 and you can find them on the web at www.bovineandbarley.com They are open Mondays through Wednesday from 11am to midnight; Thursday and Friday from 11am to 2am; Saturday 4pm to 2am and Sunday 4pm to midnight.

than a job. They all bring passion, dedication and a range of culinary backgrounds which inspires and frees me to create more! I overheard that what you wanted to accomplish in three to five years you did just in one. What do you contribute your growth and success to? I obviously believe we’re here for a reason and I’m grateful for the gym’s success as well since it brings in so many unsuspecting climbers! Social media has played a huge role in bringing Foodies from Spring and the Woodlands to a place many never thought they’d go. What is the future of 5.ATE Café? Do you see yourself expanding or moving to a larger space? We hope to someday open a second location with a few more tables. What are your hours? We are open Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm You have specialty coffees and smoothies too. What makes your coffee and smoothies different from the national chains? Our Coffee is from Segafredo, an Italian importer very popular in Europe and growing in the U.S. You get handcrafted attention from us that you might not get from a big chain. Our smoothies are Island Oasis and although they aren’t fresh fruit they are high quality ingredients and consistently delicious. I heard that you have done some catering and special events. Do you plan to do more of those in the future? We catered a wedding last fall for 200 and had a great time! This summer we have another for 200 as well. Catering is fun because we get to think outside the Café box and create whatever the customer wants, so I hope there are many more to come! 5 words to describe 5.ATE Café?

Always better than you remembered! 5.Ate Cafe is located inside the Inspire Rock Climbing Gym located at 403 E Louetta Rd in Spring, TX 77373. Their telephone number is 832-980-5283 and you can check them out on the web at www.5atecafe.com. They are open six days a week Monday through Friday from 11am to 9pm and closed on Sundays. continued from page 17 “Chef Charlie’s culinary creativity transforms the quintessential American classic - the hamburger - into that which foodie dreams are made of; delicious sandwiches, expertly prepared, with flavor profiles and ingredients that continually surprise, delight, and cause one to rethink his or her definition of a truly great hamburger…A Reuben hamburger with a corned beef patty, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. A Steak au Poivre hamburger with a peppercorn encrusted patty topped with a brandy cream sauce and sautéed mushrooms. A Chicken Fried Steak hamburger with a breaded and deep-fried patty topped with white cream gravy, diced bacon, and crispy kale. These are my three favorites, and they only begin to showcase the creative talent at work at 5.Ate Café.” – Paul V.

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‘Return of the Jedi’: Looking Back Before Looking Forward story by Glen Ryan Tadych

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As Public News looks back on the last two weeks, I finally get to dish out my first Star Wars piece with nothing better than a Star Wars Day commemoration. Now, to avoid any confusion regarding timeliness, I’d like to clarify that I’m recognizing the true Star Wars Day—May 25—as opposed to the other group of Star Wars fans who continually choose to celebrate the late Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 electoral victory in the United Kingdom—May 4. I wrote a similar piece last year explaining the difference in significance between the two dates, but as I am now serving a new audience, I’d like to briefly provide the facts once more. The phrase, “May the Fourth be with you,” originally emerged as a congratulatory message not only for Thatcher’s general electoral victory in 1979, but also she was the first female British prime minister. Her party bought an ad in the London Evening News stating, “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations,” after the election. Upon Star Wars fans’ official recognition of the date in correlation to George Lucas’ franchise four years ago, May 4 became a gargantuan Glen Ryan Tadych commercialized annual celebration profiting both the franchise, and now The Walt Disney Company. Myself and many other fans choose not to pair May 4 with such significance, as we

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perceive it to be nothing more than a gimmick. For us, May 25—the release date for the original film in 1977—is the true Star Wars Day, and the date which should be universally acknowledged as such. Of course, in light of such a debate, some out there would probably say, “Who the hell cares?” But the fact of the matter is more people care about this than one would think, as asinine as it is, and that’s exactly what the nerd culture of the world has to offer. As we have a new Star Wars film hitting cinemas in December, I feel it’s important to touch on the film preceding (chronologically/ numerically) Star Wars: The Force Awakens before diving into any serious discussion regarding the franchise’s future. The prequels have certainly had their day in debates, discussions and being outright bashed, but now is the time for post-Galactic Civil War subject matter. And given the unfair criticism Return of the Jedi (1983) often receives, I’ve elected to focus this commemoration piece on its defense, similar to what I did with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) last year. Personally, I enjoy Jedi just as much as the other films. Although it’s not my favorite (or the best) of the franchise, as both those titles belong to The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in my opinion, I still feel Jedi is a well-made and satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy. The film has a few issues when compared to its predecessors, but I don’t hold it in the same negative light as many other fans. For this piece, I’ve chosen to examine what I feel are the three key issues many have with Jedi.

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Jedi. It just prevents the film from diving into a deeper sanctum of edginess and drama. And quite frankly, I don’t know if I would enjoy the film as much as I do had he been killed off, because I’d probably think, “Oh, well Han’s not in this one, so that’s no fun.” Some fans may be disappointed that Han lived on, but that doesn’t automatically make the film terrible, and one shouldn’t regard the film as such for that reason either. Han Solo One concern, which some might find odd, with viewers as well as the film’s creative team was the continued inclusion of Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Of course, it’s unfathomable to imagine a film in the original trilogy without the charming and witty space pirate. Han is probably one of the most beloved characters next to Luke and Darth Vader, so why kill him off? As it turns out, the making-of documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) discloses the fact both Ford and screenwriter Lawrence Kasden wanted to kill off Han as a means of upping the tension. Ford felt because Han had no family to leave behind, he should sacrifice himself for Luke and Leia, as well as the Rebel Alliance. Kasden felt one of the main characters should meet a tragic end early on in the film so the audience would begin to worry about the fate of everyone else. Lucas was, of course, against this. His reasons are his own, but one can suspect that he simply wanted his heroic trio to make it through to the end and have a happy ending. Us not losing Han doesn’t necessarily hurt

Boba Fett A part of the film many fans have an overwhelming grievance with is the death of Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett. Not only was the character killed off in the first act without having even uttered a word, but he was also killed in what fans consider a cheap and lame manner—tumbling down the mouth of the Sarlacc Pit after his jet pack is unexpectedly and unintentionally activated by a blind Han. The result of this untimely demise led to one simple conclusion: Jedi sucks. The death of Boba Fett is a subject for which opinion is polarized unlike any other in Star Wars fandom. Due to his overwhelming popularity following Empire, Fett’s fate was


opposed to the point writers felt the need to resurrect him in Star Wars literature (the now non-canon Expanded Universe), giving him a more significant place in the franchise. I, however, find this treatment to be unnecessary and ridiculous, and rendering Jedi awful because a minor character with an awesome outfit died too early is outright absurd. I often think of Jay Baruchel’s dialogue in Fanboys (2009) when discussing Fett, which I feel puts things into perspective perfectly: “You guys have both got to stop perpetuating this myth that Boba Fett is some kind of badass, alright? What? He has a jetpack! So did The Rocketeer. Really cool! I mean, when it comes time for battle, the man’s Michael Bay: All style, no substance.” The fact of the matter is Fett is a two-bit character with only four spoken lines and six and a half minutes of screen time (this does not include the animated segment from the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), or Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)). Yes, he succeeded where other bounty hunters failed in tracking the Millennium Falcon in Empire, and he had an awesome outfit, but that’s it. At the end of the day, Fett only got by on his appearance when considering what he actually contributed to the trilogy. Hell, of his four lines, none of them were even in Jedi. Fett admirers act as if he were Luke Skywalker, or Darth Vader for that matter, and deserved to go out in a blaze of glory. Why should a minor character get such a meaningful exit when so much else has to happen? Jedi isn’t about Fett, but about the relationship between Luke and Vader, the fall of the Galactic Empire and Vader’s redemption. I don’t see how making a huge deal of a random, coollooking bounty hunter adds to any of that. To say Jedi sucks simply because Fett died too early or not in fulfilling way is just stupid and not fair to the film itself. Also, to anyone who justifies Fett’s significance with random facts from a random EU book about the character: It wasn’t in the movies, so it doesn’t count. That being said, if the writers decide to include him in the upcoming sequel trilogy, that’s a different matter altogether. And while I wouldn’t be particularly happy with such a decision, there obviously isn’t much I’d be able to do about it.

Ewoks This is probably the most significant point in terms of unfair Jedi criticism. I cannot even begin to express how much this complaint irritates the hell out of me. When Jedi bashers insult the film because it was “only made to sell toys” or “teddy bears defeated the Empire,” all I hear is narrow-minded ignorance tearing apart a good movie. People my own age weren’t even alive when Jedi debuted 32 years ago, so I know when they spew these irrational comments, they’re only regurgitating their parents’ views or those of older fans without applying critical thinking. I will admit using Wookies instead Ewoks would have been a more awesome way to go for Jedi’s climax, as this was the original intention when Lucas began drafting the story in the early 1970s. But this was also before he

split the story into three parts, effectively making Han’s co-pilot a Wookie in fear of Wookies never making an appearance. When Jedi finally came along, the Wookies in the forest battle were substituted with Ewoks. I don’t see the “selling toys” point as a valid argument. It’s Star Wars, and anything with the Star Wars name will sell itself. The filmmakers wouldn’t need to insert “teddy bears” into the movie to make children’s merchandise more marketable, so that point really doesn’t even make sense. I simply see the Ewoks as being a way to help differentiate Chewbacca from the Endor natives since they were originally going to be Wookies. I can’t say I would actually have a problem picking Chewie out from the rest of the bunch, but I can understand that reasoning more than needing to sell toys. Plus, if you had essentially 200 Chewies assisting the Rebels in battle, the Imperials honestly wouldn’t stand much of a chance. The damn thing would be over before it began. We’ve witnessed Chewie’s strength and usefulness in combat situations, and that’s just him. So in the context of what’s seen in the film, an army of his kind would make the Empire’s efforts on the ground a waste of time. On the subject of the forest battle and Chewie, I’m going to say this: The Ewoks did not defeat the Empire. Such a rationale for denouncing Jedi is even dumber than Fett’s death, not to mention inaccurate. Several elements contributed to the Rebels’ winning the battle, and while the Ewoks certainly helped, Chewie actually deserves most of the credit. The Rebels didn’t start winning the battle until Chewie commandeered one of the enemy scout walkers. Up until that point, the Empire had supreme firepower and weaponry, and Chewie turned the tables on that disadvantage. It’s actually pretty damn clever when you think about it because the whole time you’re watching the battle, you’re thinking, “Why don’t they just take one of the walkers?” What would make the battle stupid is if Chewie hadn’t taken such action. The Ewoks weren’t useless though. Their numbers and surprise offensive caused the Imperial troops to break formation, scattering throughout the forest to subdue them, and provided the Rebels the necessary distraction to escape capture; i.e. divide and conquer. Some of the Ewoks’ weapons and methods were ineffective, but not all of them. Stoning Stormtroopers from a tree, which is actually somewhat brutal when thinking about it, will certainly do some damage. And before anyone goes, “Yeah, but they’re wearing helmets and armor,” think about the physical injury football players endure. Regardless whether you’re wearing a helmet, blunt trauma to the head is going to hurt, and a stone the size of your head still has the potential to kill you. Besides, a Stormtrooper’s “armor” is essentially just a military uniform. Luke even describes it this way in the original film. Off the top of my head, I can’t even think of a moment in the original trilogy where a Stormtrooper’s attire is even referred to as “armor.” So I really don’t know where the notion that Stormtroopers are invulnerable to anything and everything comes from, especially given the fact they’re always killed with ease (often as a result of their own actions), and don’t have accuracy worth a damn. Militarily speaking, Stormtroopers are pretty worthless, so the Ewoks being able to take them on shouldn’t come as much of a shock. Regarding the walkers, the Ewoks’ traps used against them aren’t that far-fetched either. The swinging logs could totally crush a scout walker’s hollow head—as was demonstrated in episode 208 of MythBusters—and unless the vehicle is made out of vibranium, I

see no reason why this device wouldn’t work given the right set of circumstances. The rolling log trap was another ingenious feat of the Ewoks, and strategically similar to how the rebels brought down an AT-AT in Empire. A scout walker seems like it would be difficult to maneuver through rugged terrain considering it’s basically a giant box balanced on two thin legs. I can only imagine attempting to drive one over a stream of logs wouldn’t end too well. The Ewoks are certainly included in Jedi for comic effect, but they do serve a purpose,

and when one breaks down the forest battle, it isn’t hard to see the Ewoks aren’t 100 percent ridiculous, or that Chewie is ultimately the real hero. Jedi may not be better than its two predecessors, but it does a fine job wrapping up the trilogy and keeping the space fantasy atmosphere alive. It’s a good movie, and naysayers’ arguments for what drags the movie down only diminish the film’s true quality and legacy. Fans should appreciate Jedi for what it is, and use the film as a catalyst to gear up for Force Awakens in December.

NEW FILMS THIS WEEK & NEXT

SPY May 29 San Andreas PG-13 114 min Action | Drama | Thriller In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes Aloha PG-13 Comedy | Drama | Romance A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Director: Cameron Crowe Stars: Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper, John Krasinski June 5 Entourage R Comedy Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back - and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. Director: Doug Ellin Stars: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara Spy R 120 min Action | Comedy A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. Director: Paul Feig Stars: Jude Law, Raad Rawi, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chaffin Insidious: Chapter 3 Certificate PG-13 97 min Horror

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A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. Director: Leigh Whannell Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell Love & Mercy PG-13 120 min Biography | Drama | Music In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avantgarde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Director: Bill Pohlad Stars: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti Testament of Youth PG-13 129 min Biography | Drama | History | War A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I. Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence PG-13 101 min Comedy | Drama A story centered on a pair of traveling salesmen who peddle novelty items. Director: Roy Andersson Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros

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MOTIVATING KIDS TO DO MORE, BE MORE by Jody Reed

jody.reed@publicnewsonline.com Dear Jody, Thank you for introducing your column last week. I’m hoping that you can give me some advice, seeing that you also are a mom. I have three boys, ages 7, 10, and 12. They’re good kids, but all they want to do is play video games. I don’t want them to fry their brains or just be lazy, but if I cut them off their games they just end up fighting or moping around. Do you have any suggestions for me? A.L. in The Woodlands Dear A.L, I’ve had to deal with similar issues from my own children. I’m not in favor of cutting them off comJody Reed pletely because you want to have something they enjoy as an incentive for being productive each day. Make a simple chart for each son that includes five or six things they must do daily before they can earn X number of minutes of screen time (video games, TV, electronics, etc.) each day. Examples include completing homework, 15 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of outdoor play, any type of chores, random acts of kindness, etc. Be creative but not burdensome, and you can tailor each chart to fit the needs of each child. Place the charts in clear sheet protectors, hang them in a convenient location, and place dry erase markers beside them so they can easily check off each item they accomplish. Soon after the initial complaints of implementing a new system, you will see positive changes in your household. And the boys will see a positive change in Mom, who is finally celebrating (not nagging) that her sons are playing video games... because they have earned it by being productive! Jody

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Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter Danny Collins R 106 min Comedy | Drama Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. Director: Dan Fogelman Stars: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale Effie Gray PG-13 108 min Drama Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia “Effie” Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society. Director: Richard Laxton Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson Ex Machina R 108 min Drama | Sci-Fi Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Director: Alex Garland Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno Furious 7 PG-13 137 min Action | Crime | Thriller Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their seperate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the

United States government. Director: James Wan Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham Home PG 94 min Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home. Director: Tim Johnson Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Hot Pursuit PG-13 87 min Action | Comedy An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. Director: Anne Fletcher Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley Insurgent PG-13 119 min Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and -- ultimately -- the future of their world. Director: Robert Schwentke Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet Little Boy PG-13 100 min Comedy | Drama | War An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. Director: Alejandro Monteverde Stars: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport Mad Max: Fury Road R 120 min Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

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The Lava Cookie SANDWICH/CAFE

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Le Pam’s House Of Creole CAJUN

1644 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77073 (281) 444-1464 Hours: Opens at 11am to 7pm, except Fri (8pm), Sat (6pm) and Sun (4pm) www.lepamshouseofcreole.com Le Pam’s brings the taste of New Orleans to Houston

You probably noticed that the Public News Dining Guide has changed. No longer is the Dining Guide a “phone directory” of restaurants. We’re glad to present the best of the best in dining experience with those establishments who put forward their best for our readers. The Dining Guide is an invite only for those establishments that the Public News feels provides the best dining experience for metro Houston.

Taco Crave MEXICAN

5200 Farm to Market Road 2920 #120, Spring, TX 77388 (281) 288-0940 www.tacocrave.net Hours: Open at 11am every day, closed Sundays The best Mexican street tacos this side of the border. Also offers Quesadilla and huge Burritos. Tasty flavors like beef or chicken fajita, beef brisket, chicken chipotle and a handful more. A must have dining experience. Flavor for the month of June: Venison & Potato.

La Chef ARGENTINE 5200 FM 2920 #180, Spring, TX 77388 (832) 585-1840 Hours: Open daily at 11am, closed Tuesdays Argentine cuisine at its best served in a side cafe style restaurant. They offer over 15 styles of handmade empanadas, a few destined to become your absolute favorite. Probably the best kept secret in Spring, until now.

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Rakuu ASIAN

217 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77090 (281) 580-7797 www.lasagnahouse.com Hours: Open daily at 11am till 9pm; 10pm Thurs; 11pm Fri & Sat Authentic Italian Cuisine. Everything from pizza, pasta, salad and of course several kinds of mouth watering lasagna. Great staff, delicious food, great atmosphere, plus a great selection of wines and local craft beer. Check them out today!

5200 FM 2920 #190, Spring, TX 77388 (281) 651-5464 Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:30am to 10pm www.rakuurestaurant.com Rakuu offers authentic, deliciously healthy Asian food and Sushi Bar with friendly service and great prices.


FILM IN THEATERS Director: George Miller Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 PG 94 min Action | Comedy After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Director: Andy Fickman Stars: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso Pitch Perfect 2 PG-13 115 min Comedy | Music After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform. Director: Elizabeth Banks Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow Poltergeist PG-13 93 min Horror | Thriller A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive. Director: Gil Kenan Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, Saxon Sharbino 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 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 Tomorrowland PG 130 min - Action Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Director: Brad Bird Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy 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

BRAVADO SPICE A conversation with James Nelson by Nick Rama Bravado Spice was developed by three guys (two of them right here from Spring, TX and one from Houston), who have created some really great tasting sauces and products that are “Big. Bold. Bravado.” As their mission statement tells us, their goal is “To craft bold, incredible hot sauces that are undeniably delicious; we focus on raw flavor instead of just heat. Our products bring something awesome to the table, from pineapples to ghost peppers, Bravado Spice Hot Sauce is unlike anything else out there.” Originally selling their products at local farmers markets around the Houston and surrounding areas, the Bravado brand has been growing their business by slowly adding having their products added to the shelves of numerous retail stores. Bravado focuses on handcrafted sauces that are preservative free and that contain natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce, made in Houston. These sauces are not mass -produced and have very complex flavor profiles. I personally do not like hot sauces that are all heat and no flavor, and Bravado perfectly pairs heat and flavor together. Bravado Spice currently has three hot sauces that are all excellent and each are different from the usual hot sauce offerings on your grocery store shelves: Jalapeño & Green Apple, Ghost Peppers & Blueberry, and my favorite, Habanero & Pineapple (especially great on grilled shrimp). Bravado Spice is currently adding two more products (and you can actually help them with that - more on that later). I got to talk with James Nelson of Bravado Spice and here is what he had to say Who are the minds behind Bravado Spice? Bravado Spice is Jeremiah Tallerine, Ryan Harcourt, Vince Blasco & myself. Where did the name ‘Bravado Spice’ come from? Bravado means brave or foolish, which is pretty much what we are. Who is the master creator/chef of your products? I guess you could say me, but the entire team collaborates on our products What are your best selling products and tell us a little more about each of them? Our Pineapple & Habanero is currently our most popular product. The Crimson Hot Sauce, once launched, will probably give it a run for its money, though. Bravado Spice specializes in handcrafting our three award winning hot sauces. Our focus has always been on flavor first and heat second. -Jalapeno & Green Apple Hot Sauce, a mild, flavorful combination of jalapeno and granny smith apples which is fantastic for breakfast tacos & grilled chicken.

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-Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce, a moderately spicy combination of fiery habaneros & sweet, hand cut pineapples which is perfect for seafood, grilled pork and cocktails -Ghost Pepper & Blueberry Hot Sauce, a hot blend of scorching ghost peppers & tart blueberries, an excellent partner for smoked meats such as brisket, and grilled beef. Currently where can someone buy Bravado Spice products? Whole Foods, Specs and various retail locations. We’re currently in at over 165 retail locations across 30 states. I see that you recently launched a Kickstarter Project, for the readers that are not familiar with Kickstarter tell us what that is all about and how someone can get involved in fulfilling your dream? Our Kickstarter is about re-launcing a hot sauce dear to our hearts, Crimson Hot Sauce, and introducing our Chili & Garlic Pickles to the world. You can go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ bravadospice/bravado-spice-bigger-and-bolder/ description to learn more about the project and join in on the fun. What are your goals for Bravado Spice in the future? Keep growing, bringing on new vendors and keep making products that our customers love. I heard you are a little bit of a celebrity, tell me more about your experience getting there and where someone might have seen you before? Ha, more like a d-list celebrity. I was on season 4 of Fox’s Masterchef. I placed 5th. How much do you use Bravado Spice sauces in your everyday cooking? Almost daily. I’m always finding new ways to use our products. Share with us your favorite recipes that uses Bravado Spice? Hands down, Pineapple & Habanero ceviche, it’s simply a red snapper ceviche, Peruvian style, with some hot sauce mixed in. It is divine. Are any restaurants using your products in their dishes? Just a handful. We haven’t really broken into restaurant service yet, but several locations such as Ruggles Green and Royal Oak offer dishes made with our hot sauces. 5 words to describe Bravado Spice? Bold. Delicious. Big. Inspired. Fun. Check out the Bravado Spice website and like them on Facebook as well so you won’t miss out on some big things coming from Bravado Spice in the future. http://bravadospice.com https://www.facebook.com/BravadoSpice

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