Galveston Conservation Group Planning Annual “Help Float the Boat” Festival

July 29, 2011 by  
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Galveston Conservation Group Planning Annual “Help Float the Boat” Festival
Sea-Going Kayak to be featured at Popular Silent Auction and Raffle

Annual fund raising festival benefitting Artist Boat, Galveston’s leading conservation-education program

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 6–9 PM

Eibands, 2201 Post Office Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Susan Persons, tel. 713-504-2030


A $1,000 sea-going kayak will be raffled at the annual “Help Float the Boat” festival and fund raiser on Saturday, October 8 benefitting Galveston’s leading conservation and education program, Artist Boat.

Sea Kayaker Magazine says the Manitou 14 kayak is comfortable, easy-to-use and handles well in all kinds of sea conditions. Made entirely from recycled materials, the kayak was donated by Necky Kayaks and will be on display at MOD Coffee House starting in mid-August.

Event organizers note that an estimated $25,000 in goods and services will be auctioned the night of the festival, including a variety of top-quality merchandise and gift certificates provided by local merchants. Also up for auction will be art from many of Galveston’s leading artists. Admission is free.

About Artist Boat:
Artist Boat promotes the well-being of the Gulf’s coastal and marine environments. In pursuit of that mission, the organization has conducted kayaking tours for 14,000 middle school students and trained more than 1,300 teachers to conduct integrated art- and science learning programs.  Since 2008, the organization has helped students and teachers restore more than 15 acres of dunes, prairies and wetlands damaged by Hurricane Ike.


2415 Avenue K, Galveston, TX  77550, (409) 770-0722

Author Brian and Leah Foutz with Janice Havins Book Signing Events

July 29, 2011 by  
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Author Brian and Leah Foutz with Janice Havins Book Signing Events

WHEN: 8-20-11

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

WHERE: Milam St. Coffee Shop, 200 W. Milam St., Wharton, TX 77488

WHEN: 8-27-11

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

WHERE: Mobius Coffeehouse, Inc., 1120 S. Market St., Brenham, TX 77833

WHAT: Brian and Leah Foutz, residents of New Ulm, TX, with Janice Havins, a resident of Katy, TX, will be available to sign copies of their Christian Life book,  From Misery to Ministry: A Walk of Faith through the Loss of a Loved One.

On a beautiful spring morning in 2004, Brian Foutz heard a car door slam shut in his driveway. He walked to his window, expecting to see his daughter, Victoria, returning from an overnight stay with a friend. Instead he saw two officers from the county sheriff’s office. The officers were coming to deliver news that would change Brian’s life forever. Once inside, the officers told Brian that his daughter wouldn’t be coming home. At only eighteen years old, Victoria had been shot in the head and killed. From Misery to Ministry is the story of how Brian and his wife, Leah, find the strength to overcome the loss of their daughter. Brian and Leah offer a moving, intimate account of Victoria’s funeral, the trial of her accused killers, and their efforts to find meaning after the grief and heartbreak caused by their daughter’s death. With advice on dealing with sudden rushes of emotion, seeking professional counsel, and maintaining a loving marriage in the face of the darkest of tragedies, From Misery to Ministry is a powerful tool for any family that has lost a loved one. Brian and Leah bless all readers with their honesty, their vulnerability, and their message of hope.

For more information, contact Jim Miller at 888-361-9473 or

2011 Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kickoff Event

July 29, 2011 by  
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Autism Speaks Announces Walk Kick-Off Event
Walkers to Get Fundraising Tips at Downtown Aquarium

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2011 (HOUSTON, TX)—Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism advocacy organization, today announced that the 2011 Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kickoff event is scheduled for August 6th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at The Downtown Aquarium.

The kick-off event gives family and corporate teams a chance to network, meet the Walk committee and Autism Speaks staff, and get tools and tips for successful fundraising. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from guest speaker Dr. Stephen Kanne, Director of the Autism Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a unique fundraising event which creates a safe and fun day for families who are affected by autism, a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships. The day includes a walk of approximately 2 miles, which raises much-needed funds for critical scientific research and increases awareness of a growing health crisis that now affects 1 in every 110 children, with another child diagnosed every 15 minutes.  The Walk also includes a Community Resource Fair where families can explore educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities.

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us proudly serve as national sponsors of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program.  Locally, the Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks is sponsored by Asset Plus Companies, Carino’s Italian restaurants and Partners Resource Network.  107.5 The Eagle and 104.1 KRBE are media sponsors.

Each family to RSVP for the kick-off will receive one complimentary All Day Adventure Pass to the Aquarium exhibits, generously donated by Landry’s. Additional passes available for a discounted rate of $11.99. On-site parking for the event is $6.00.  RSVPS are required to

To sign up as an individual walker or a team captain, or to donate, visit

Media Contact:  Shauna Caster,, 281-714-7077

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, in addition to supporting the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks’ family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations department, through its Autism Votes initiative, has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically-necessary autism therapies. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising events are held in more than 80 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. .


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Thursday Fashion’s Night Out Events, Friday Trends & Friends Night & Saturday Style Stops FREE and Open to the Public

Fall fashion and trends arrive at The Galleria with Simon Fashion Now™ presented by Cadillac, a series of energetic fashion shows and interactive entertainment designed and presented by Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the country’s largest owner, developer and manager of high quality retail real estate.

This season, Simon Fashion Now begins at The Galleria in conjunction with Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, September 8! Party at The Galleria in style as retailers roll out the red carpet Thursday night to celebrate the best of fall fashion. Fashion’s Night Out at The Galleria will bring high fashion lounges, red carpet entrances and dynamic DJs spinning shopper’s favorite tunes.

On Friday, Trends & Friends Night will take place on The Ice at The Galleria similar to the invitation-only Thursday night show. Trends & Friends Night is a free evening of fashion, cocktails and lite bites. The Friday fashion shows on the ice are open to the public with seating available on a first come, first serve basis. Simon Fashion Now continues Saturday with in-store promotions and special discounts available at participating retailers.

Simon Fashion Now presented by Cadillac is a vibrant mix of accessible, luxurious and affordable style that allows shoppers to purchase looks straight from the runway. Each event offers advice and insight into the latest cosmetic trends, must-have accessories and fashionable flair available at select Simon properties. All weekend events are free and open to everyone.

WHEN/WHERE: September 8-10 at The Galleria

From coast-to-coast the following properties will also feature Simon Fashion Now™ this fall:

  • Town Center at Boca Raton – Boca Raton, FL September 23 & 24
  • Burlington Mall – Burlington, MA September 30 & Oct.1
  • Roosevelt Field – Garden City, NY October 14 & 15
  • SouthPark – Charlotte, NC October 21 & 22

Participating retailers at The Galleria include, but are not limited to, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Betsey Johnson, Club Monaco, Gap, GUESS, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, MaxMara and Metropark.

Visit or The Galleria’s Facebook fan page at for the latest event updates.

About Simon Fashion Now™
The concept of Simon Fashion Now was conceived through grand opening events at properties like The Galleria in Houston, TX, The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, NV and The Domain in Austin, TX. Through the success of these events, which became fashion focused in 2003, Simon decided to take the events national and Simon Fashion Now was introduced. The contemporary program was designed to make the runway relevant for the everyday fashionista. Spring 2011 stops included The Galleria in Houston, TX; Lenox Square in Atlanta, GA; The Domain in Austin, TX; The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis, IN and The Westchester in White Plains, NY.

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 390 retail real estate properties comprising 262 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at

About Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On September 8, 2011, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and over 100 cities nationwide to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. In the United States, the program is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. For more information visit, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@fnonyc, #FNO)

Murdoch and Fox

July 25, 2011 by  
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By Lynn Ashby 25 July 2011


THE CELLBLOCK – Oddly enough, my fall from grace began with a great breakthrough. I was a cub reporter on the Weekly Waffle (“We feel strongly both ways”) when I overheard the mayor talking on the phone to someone he kept calling “Snookums.” I kept count, then broke the story with the headline: “Mayor Places 34 Calls to Mistress!” It turned out Snookums was his wife. The mayor sued and won $5,000 plus my ouster.
I landed a bigger job at the Daily Duh (“Duh-Lightful Reading”) where I quickly came across notes from the sheriff’s expense account listing “$432 for Bonanza Club.” Then I listened in on an extension phone to hear him say, “That club beats anything anywhere.” My scoop was headlined: “Sheriff Runs Up $432 at Strip Joint – Charged to Taxpayers.” Then I learned a Bonanza Club is used by jailers to beat confessions out of prisoners, a policy approved by the Abu Ghraib Boosters Club and the CIA. The sheriff sued and won $6,000 plus a minor league deputy to be named later. I was fired.
But soon I received a call asking me to go to New York City for a meeting at the HQ of the News Corporation. There I was ushered into the offices of Rupert Murdoch himself, who wore a black patch over one eye. “Arrgg,” he said. “They tell me you’re an unprincipled journalist who will do anything, pay anyone, lie, cheat and steal to get a story. I hear you are a disgrace to your profession.”
“I’m not really that bad,” I whined. “I love my mother, although when I was a kid I blackmailed her for a bigger allowance. I like dogs, except the ones I ran over chasing a mail truck. Don’t hurt me.”
“When can you start?” he asked.
My first job was at Fox News in the Potential Presidents Dept. checking Sarah Palin’s statements for accuracy. I was to delete them. I was promoted to Newt Gingrich’s delivery boy from Tiffany’s. “I like that Net Getrich,” Captain Murdoch told me. “Arrgg. He and I and Rush Limbaugh have a lot I common.”
“Power and ruthless ambition?”
“No, three wives, except for Rush who’s had four.”
I was covering Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, in charge of baseless accusations and proving that children born into slavery were better off than today’s black kids, when I came across damaging evidence against Michelle Obama. Actually, I was in a hot air balloon over Camp Davis at 1 a.m. with a high-powered eavesdropping device when I heard her say, “Barry, while you’re up would you bring me a glass of Ozarka?” The headline read: “First Dominatrix Humiliates Pres in Hillbilly Water Torture!!” Disguised as a caboose, I hacked into Joe Biden’s weekend Amtrak schedule to Delaware. The New York Post led with: “Veep Railroaded Out of Town!!”
Then I was transferred to Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to cover the sleaze beat. “Banks Headed For Melt-Down?” was my headline. In the 45th paragraph I answered the headline’s question, explaining there was no melt-down, nor fear of one nor even a chance of one, but the Dow dropped 675 points in two hours.
“Now you’re ready for the big time,” said Captain Murdoch in his office. I noticed his patch was over his other eye.
“You mean I’m going to England to destroy your media empire with bribes, lies, scandals and arrests? Today News of the World! Tomorrow, the Sun and Times of London!”
“Arrgg. Even better. You’re now in charge of Fox News which needs to make a bigger profit. I’m still trying to re-coup the hush money paid to cover up Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment settlement, not to mention Greta Van Susteren’s twice-weekly plane trips to Aruba looking for that co-ed. Shiver me timbers, if only I could hire away Nancy Grace. Now there’s quality journalism. I want more rumors presented as facts. Tell Chris Wallace to stop asking tough questions of George W. Just let George talk without notes. No, wait, don’t. Hire more reporters with long blond hair and good legs. That goes for women, too. Use more exclamation points when you speak!!! Work into every newscast ‘embolden our enemies,’ ‘class warfare’ and ‘evil mainstream media.’”
“But you’re the biggest media mogul on earth,” I pointed out. “You’ve become a billionaire by pandering to the basest instincts of the lowest common denominator. Where could you be more mainstream?”
He glanced at his sword. “It depends. I’ve changed citizenship more times than I’ve changed wives, so the stars and stripes are a flag of convenience. I wonder if Monaco has an income tax? Anyway, look lively, lad, and remember our slogan, ‘We distort, you deride.’ Also, ‘fair and balanced,’ which is why News Corporation gave $1 million spread out over the entire Republican Governors Association. We’re even- handed.”
I saw Captain Murdoch just before my arrest on contempt of Congress, good taste and honest journalism, plus tunneling under Sasha Obama’s kindergarten to steal her finger paintings. “I’ve done everything to bolster ratings among the clueless lemmings who watch Fox News. I humiliated Anthony Weiner as often as MSNBC interviewed him. I spread doubts about Obama’s patriotism and law degree, while down-playing any mention of your own troubles. I made Karl Rove look civilized, Laura Ingraham appear likeable and got Hannity to stop interrupting O’Reilly while O’Reilly was interrupting his guests. For a going-away present, I gave Glenn Beck a new concrete bunker. I even bribed Jon Stewart to stop calling us Faux News. Now the FBI is coming after me, and all I did was follow your orders.”
He turned to the parrot on his shoulder and asked, “Have you ever seen this person before?”
I smiled sheepishly. “I have photographs of you cheating on your wife-du-jour, plus the second set of accounting books you hide from the stockholders and IRS.”
“How’d you get those?” he asked.
“Arrgg,” I said.

Ashby sensationalizes at

Valentino’s Wine Dinner

July 25, 2011 by  
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Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner

Date: Wednesday, August 24

Time: 7:00 p.m.

In August, Valentino will feature the wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley and their sister winery, Freestone, in Sonoma.


Passed Appetizers
2009 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc

Passion Fruit Marinated Shrimp and Mussels with Celery Root, Arugula & Frisee Salad
2007 Freestone Chardonnay

Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Spinach and Mortadella, Baked Polenta Gnocchi, Moscato Demi-Glace
2007 Freestone Pinot Noir
2008 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

Lemon Tart Brulee with Raspberry Sorbet
2008 Joseph Phelps Eisrebe

$65 per person (plus tax and gratuity) | Complimentary Valet Parking

Reserve now by calling 713.850.9200 or by email to

Grounds for Suit

July 13, 2011 by  
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By Lynn Ashby 18 July 2011

Soon to be made into a major motion picture. In fact, HBO has just made it into a movie. The story is called “Hot Coffee” and involves the well-known but vastly twisted story of 79-year-old Stella Liebeck, her Houston lawyer, the McDonald’s company and a $2.9 million award for spilled coffee. The story has gone up on billboards, quoted by politicians and there are even the annual “Stella Awards,” given to any frivolous lawsuit.
So let’s play myth-busters again and set the story straight, just remembering that people believe what they want to believe – facts don’t matter. It is agreed that in February of 1992 Liebeck, in a Ford Probe, went to a McDonald’s take-out window in Albuquerque where she ordered a 49-cent cup of coffee. Soon thereafter the coffee spilled into her lap, burning her. She sued and received $2.9 million, a payout which has served as the poster child these 19 years as the Awful Example of trial lawyer abuse and excess rewards.
Now the facts: Liebeck was not driving; her nephew, Chris, was. So no story about driving-while-not-concentrating. They were not moving when the accident occurred. Liebeck was in the passenger’s seat when Chris parked the car a short distance from the take-out window so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. She placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid. It spilled.
She was rushed to a hospital where, her treating physician later testified, it was determined she had third degree burns over 6 percent of her body and lesser burns over 16 percent. She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. During this period, Liebeck lost 20 pounds, nearly 20 percent of her body weight, reducing her down to 83 pounds. Two years of medical treatment followed. The surgeon also testified it was one of the worst scald burns he had ever seen. A professor from UT-Austin who was a burn expert testified the risk involved was unacceptable.
Liebeck sought to settle with McDonald’s for $20,000 to cover her actual and anticipated expenses. It broke down to $10,500 for her past medical expenses, her anticipated future medical expenses were approximately $2,500; and her loss of income was approximately $5,000 for a total of $18,000. (I guess the remaining $2,000 was the lawyer’s cut.) McDonald’s offered $800 and wouldn’t budge. So she retained Houston attorney Reed Morgan who filed suit in New Mexico District Court accusing McDonald’s of “gross negligence” for selling coffee that was “unreasonably dangerous” and “defectively manufactured.” Morgan offered to settle for $90,000. Mickey D again refused. Just before the trial, Morgan came back with an even higher offer: $300,000, and a mediator suggested $225,000, but McDonald’s refused.
Soon that 300k offer looked like a bargain, because during the trial jurors learned that McDonald’s, according to corporate rules, sold its coffee at 180-190 degrees. Other establishments, it was charged, sold coffee at substantially lower temperatures, and coffee served at home is generally 135 to 140 degrees. (It is argued other major vendors of coffee, including Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wendy’s, and Burger King, produce coffee at a similar or higher temperature, and have been sued over third-degree burns.)
At McDonald’s temperatures the coffee, if spilled, could cause third-degree burns in two to seven seconds. It was too hot to drink, therefore under the “implied warranty of fitness” imposed by the Uniform Commercial Code, the coffee was not fit for consumption as sold. Another point: McDonald’s had known about its hot-coffee hazard for more than 10 years and had been hit with at least 700 lawsuits from 1982 to ’92 based on scaldings similar to those of Liebeck’s.
A McDonald’s expert witness said the number of burned people was statistically “trivial.” McDonald’s quality control manager, Christopher Appleton, testified that this number of injuries was insufficient to cause the company to evaluate its practices. He argued that all foods hotter than 130 degrees constituted a burn hazard, and that restaurants had more pressing dangers to warn about.
McDonald’s did not warn its customers about the scalding coffee, admitted the coffee was “not fit for consumption” but had no plans to change anything. McDonald’s also asserted that customers buy coffee on their way to work or home, intending to consume it there. Yet the company’s own research showed that customers intend to consume the coffee immediately while driving.
The jury found for Liebeck and awarded her $2.86 million. Why that specific amount of money? This last point is most important: the judge didn’t award those millions, the lawyers didn’t do it. The amount was set by the jurors – people like you and me. They awarded Liebeck $200,000 for compensatory damages, reduced by 20 percent for her own negligence to $160,000. McDonald’s sells 1 billion cups of coffee a year — it generates $1.3 million a day for the company. So the jury fined McDonald’s two days’ coffee sales, or $2.7 million in punitive damages. It all came to about $2.86 million, minus $50,000 in expenses not counting legal fees.
But wait: the judge let stand the compensatory damages but cut the punitive award to $480,000 or three times compensatory damages. Thus that $2.86 million wound up as $640,000. The judge said the amount was appropriate for McDonald’s “willful, wanton, reckless and what the court finds was callous” behavior.The decision was appealed by both McDonald’s and Liebeck in December 1994, but the parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount less than $600,000. It is not clear if Liebeck’s legal fees were deducted from that amount.
In any event, the next time someone trots out the “two-million dollar coffee burn,” hand them this column (which you will no doubt will be carrying in your wallet). Then ask what amount of McMoney they would take to sit still while you pour scalding coffee on their McCrotch. Include hospital bills.

Ashby sips cold coffee at

Summerview 2 Exhibition

July 13, 2011 by  
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Artists Alive and Well presents Summerview 2 Exhibition.

Artwork at Phoenix Tower: An Exhibition of Original Art for Sale.

July 25-August 19

Opening reception July 25, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Closing reception August 19, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Phoenix Tower, 9th Floor
3200 SW Freeway (at Buffalo Speedway)
Houston, TX 77027

The Junior League of Houston, Inc. Opening Style Show

July 13, 2011 by  
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The Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Opening Style Show

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Doors Open at 11:00 AM

Who:                                        The Junior League of Houston, Inc.

What:                                      Opening Style Show

When:                                      Thursday, September 8, 2011, Doors open at 11 AM,                                                             Style Show and Launch at 11:30 AM.

Where:                                      The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
1811 Briar Oaks Ln.
Houston, Texas 77027

Chairs:                                     Wendy Wall, Keri Herrin, Elin Jackson and League                                                                 President, Perry Ann Reed

Entertainment:                     Fashions provided by Elizabeth Anthony l Esther Wolf

Tariff:                                        Individual Tickets $45

Contact Information:                For more information or reservations call 713.871.6673.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, August, 1, 2011 at                 9:00 am.

15th Annual Museum District Day

July 13, 2011 by  
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15th Annual Museum District Day
Saturday, September 17, 2011    |     10 am – 5 pm

Houston, Texas (July 13, 2011) – Enjoy a free day in the Houston Museum District on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10 am – 5 pm during the 15th annual Museum District Day ( ).  Visitors can hop the free bus shuttles to explore favorite museums, discover new destinations and delight in fascinating exhibitions, hands-on activities, live demonstrations and exciting performances throughout the day.

Sixteen museums will waive their general admission fee to offer the community the valuable opportunity to enjoy the Museum District’s diverse displays of art, science, nature and history.

The museums participating in Museum District Day 2011, which are committed to providing educational, inspirational and cultural activities, include:

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
Byzantine Fresco Chapel
Children’s Museum of Houston
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Czech Center Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Photography
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
The Jung Center
Lawndale Art Center
The Menil Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Rice University Art Gallery
The Rothko Chapel

Please note – the Houston Zoo and The Health Museum are not providing free general admission on Museum District Day. The Health Museum instead will be offering an outdoor live science experience during Museum District Day and a limited number of vouchers for free general admission in the fall upon request to Museum District Day attendees.

Museum District Day is sponsored in part by the 16 participating museums, KHOU-TV and the Houston Museum District Association.

For details about Museum District Day, please

Urban Cowboy the Musical

July 13, 2011 by  
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Urban Cowboy the Musical
at Discovery Green Park
on Saturday July 16, 2011 at 8pm
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 

NARIP Brunch

July 13, 2011 by  
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Eat, Meet, & Greet

Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2307 Lamonte Lane, Houston.

You are cordially invited to attend NARIP’s next brunch on Saturday, July 16 at 2307 Lamonte Lane, Houston.

We’re doing it again! Join us, come meet and greet Houston-area record and music industry professionals.

All are welcome at our brunch.
You need not be a NARIP member to attend.

Please RSVP and register online by Thurday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. so we can prepare enough refreshments for everyone. NARIP encourages pre-payment. You are welcome to attend at the last minute as a walk-up if space permits.

So come along to meet existing friends and contacts, and make new ones. NARIP brunches feature 30-second introductions by all present to help you identify and get in front of the people who can make a difference to your business. Professional speed-dating!

Among other things, NARIP sponsors events like these to encourage networking and the fostering of business relationships in the record industry. Over 75% of all great opportunities, deals and job offers come about as a direct result of second and third party referrals – who you know matters. So get to know more people in the record biz, and let them get to know you! Please join us and bring plenty of business cards. All are welcome, details below.


“NARIP brunches have been a HUGE benefit for me and my company,” says Geodesic Management‘s Dan Strader from New York. “In just a few hours at a Los Angeles brunch, I was able to establish a presence in that city and make solid connection that I still you to this day. Networking brunches have now begun in New York, and the connections we’ve made are career-changing.”


Please register online by Thursday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. so we can prepare enough refreshments for everyone. To register now, just scroll down.

Is your network not working? Ours is.

They can’t promote (or hire) you
if they don’t know who you are!

Special thanks to Reba Kochersperger and Charles Davis for their help organizing this brunch.


Saturday, July 16, 2011
11:00 a.m. – Arrive and eat!
11:30 a.m. – Introductions
1:00 p.m. – Brunch ends, networking continues


2307 Lamonte Lane
Houston, TX 77004
Tel: 832-725-2195


Click here for map. Parking is open.


Call 818-769-7007 or email


FREE for NARIP members
$10 for non-members (no RSVP)

We encourage you to register in advance online now (just scroll down). Otherwise, cash only at the door on Event Day please. Price includes food, beverage and event admission.

Please note: late-comers will be charged the full rate.
We appreciate your cooperation.




Texas Quotes

July 11, 2011 by  
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By Lynn Ashby                                                                        11 July 2011

“I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ with his guitar right there in the count room. You bet your (rear) I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.” – Hudspeth County attorney Kit Bramblett, offering a deal to the singer after marijuana was found on his tour bus. Surprise!!! When his plea proposal went nationwide, Bramblett said he was just kidding.

“In Texas, if you have football players on the field, and you don’t have cheerleaders on the sideline? Where there is football in Texas, there are cheerleaders.” – Denise Martin, founder of Texas Cheerleader magazine, on Super Bowl XLV played in Cowboy Stadium without cheerleaders.

“Look, football has always been a big deal here. This is Texas.” – Steve “Bubba” Williams, athletic director at Allen High School, overlooking his new $60 million football stadium. “But seating 18,000 with double-decked press boxes and huge video screen, Allen’s facility will still be only the fifth largest high school football stadium in Texas.” – The New York Times

Yes, it’s time once again to see ourselves as others see us, or as we look in the mirror. Let’s stick with football for a moment. Former A&M football coach Emory Bellard may have invented the wishbone, but he didn’t name it. According to Darrell Royal, it was a Houston Post sportswriter, Mickey Herskowitz, who gets credit for that. Royal, the former UT head coach, recalled that after a game or two, he was asked at a news conference what the new formation was called. It didn’t have a name, he replied.

“I said: ‘Well, they’re kind of in the shape of a Y back there. Call it the Y.’ I mean, I didn’t care what they called it, you know. Mickey Herskowitz said: ‘That’s not very original. Why don’t you call it a wishbone? It’s in the shape of a wishbone.’ I said: ‘You got it, Mickey. It’s a wishbone.’”

A blast from the past: “Keeping a bull dog to chase mosquitoes would be no greater nonsense than the stationing six pounders, bayonets and dragoons for the pursuit of these red wolfs” – Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of New York’s Center Park, after a tour of Texas in the 1840s, on U.S. Army tactics against the Indians here.

“We drew a great many recruits from Texas, and from nowhere did we get a higher average, for many of them had served in that famous body of frontier fighters, the Texas Rangers.” – Col. Theodore Roosevelt, recruiting for his Rough Riders in San Antonio.

Several good quotes from the Texas Reader, published by Copano Bay Press:

“Galveston is destroyed beyond its ability to recover.” – Army Quartermaster report to War Department, 1900.

“I humble myself before God, and there the list ends.” — Sam Houston (as played by Dennis Quaid in The Alamo. You see this quote attributed to Houston a lot, but it is really the work of a screenwriter who captured his essence in a single sentence.)

“Texas, with peace, could exist without the United States, but the United States cannot, without great hazard to the security of their institution, exist without Texas. “ –Sam Houston in a February 1844 letter to Gen. Andrew Jackson.

Back to today, federal officials are concerned about unusually large numbers of dead Kemp’s Ridley turtles, once the world’s most endangered sea turtle, that have washed up on beaches along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. A turtle extruding device, or TED, on their nets, saves the turtles. Cooly Nguyen, captain of  a shrimp trawler, disliked the devices. He said it costs him $800 for a TED, and he gets no benefit. “Nobody likes TEDs on the nets,” Nguyen said. “Save the turtles? For what? The turtle is just an animal. Let the turtle go to hell.”

Houston and Texas got absolutely slam dunked when NASA gave the four remaining space shuttles to other cities, including New York, but not to Space City. Said Rep. Ted Poe of The Woodlands on the House floor: “It’s like putting the Statue of Liberty in Omaha.” NY Sen. Charles Schumer told Texans: “Fugheddaboutit.” The NY senator added: “I say to Houston, when people all around the world, in London and in Tokyo and in Paris, Buenos Aires say ‘Gee, I can’t wait for my trip to Houston,’ then you can have a shuttle.”

Now, from former Gov. Mark White, who defeated, and was defeated by, the late Bill Clements. “Bill Clements and I agreed on one thing. We both loved Texas.”

“Texans make the best New Yorkers. It’s because we’re bred for size. New Yorkers appreciate that – our extravagance. We wouldn’t play so well in Indiana.” – Austin author Ruth Pennebaker quoting a friend, The New York Times, June 24, 2011

“GTT” – When early settlers in Tennessee, Georgia, etc. decided it was time to pull up stakes and head for a better tomorrow (Texas), they would simply write on their closed cabin door, GTT. All the neighbors knew that meant: Gone To Texas. Since Texas added more people than any other state between the 2000 and 2010 census, apparently the movement is still in vogue.

At the movies. Actor Martin Sheen, in GQ magazine, says that movie producer Lou Stroller angered Austin-based director Terry Malick. “Terry was not having it, and beat the hell out of him. In true Texas style — he was so Texas. Terry just whupped him…. If more directors would beat up their producers, we’d have a lot more artistic freedom.”

From “Giant”:

Leslie Benedict: “Money isn’t everything, Jett.”

Jett Rink: “Not when you’ve got it.”

Texas justice is known the world over. “Look, you shoot off a guy’s head with his pants down, believe me, Texas is not the place you want to get caught.” – “Thelma and Louise.”  Finally, we have the last line of the novel, Texas, by James A. Michener: “Never forget, son, when you represent Texas, always go first class.”


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Decorative Center Houston

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Who: Decorative Center Houston Fall Market

What: Fall Market

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 10:00 am -4:00 pm

Where: Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway at Sag

Highlights: House Beautiful Magazine will bring its annual Design Institute to Decorative Center Houston for the first time. This day-long event is presented by House Beautiful experts and celebrates design, color, emerging trends and much more. Opening Keynote Panel: Moderated by Newell Turner, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful.

Tariff: Free

Notes: In addition to House Beautiful’s events, the day will be filled to the brim with exciting events and seminars at many of Decorative Center Houston’s exclusive tenants.

Contact: For more information, contact Kathryn Smith at 713-627-8777 or email or Kristina Larson at 713-961-9292, or email  Also, for updates go to

About DCH:  Decorative Center Houston (DCH) is the leading source in the southwest for full service design needs. The epicenter of the design industry in Texas, Decorative Center Houston, houses over 40 showrooms that feature the finest furniture, fabrics, lighting, floor coverings, wall coverings, and accessories from over 1,200 interior product lines. Providing our clients with a one-stop shopping experience, DCH is located only minutes away from the celebrated Galleria shopping complex, and the downtown business district, Decorative Center Houston offers tenants over 500,000 square feet of premier showroom and office space.  In addition to DCH, Cohen Design Centers include the PDC in Los Angeles, California, DCOTA in Dania Beach, Florida, and DDB in New York, New York. For more information regarding Decorative Center Houston please visit

Coppola Wine Dinner

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2525A West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027

Wednesday, July 27 @ 7 p.m.

Francis says it best: Celebrate your love of life with the best things in life — food and wine.

Valentino brings you an evening of five wines from the Coppola Director’s Cut and Diamond Collections.

Wines accompanied by passed appetizers and three courses
from the Valentino kitchen.

$65 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

Reserve now by calling 713.850.9200 or by e-mail to

Dinner and Wine Menu

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Lobster & Wild Mushroom Cappellaci with Saffron Sauce
Coppola Director’s Cut Chardonnay 2009

Roasted Striped Bass with Heirloom Tomato-Olive Tapenade
Accompanied by Spinach Pecorino FlanCoppola Director’s Cut Pinot Noir 2008
Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2009

Summer Berries with Lemon Verbena
Coppola Sofia Riesling 2010

Fort Bend Theatre Presents…

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Bring your Golden Ticket to FBT’s Willy Wonka

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two? FBT’s Willy Wonka can, July 2nd – 21st on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.  Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The memorable score features “The Candy Man”, “Pure Imagination”, “Oompa Loompa” and “I Want it Now” by Academy® and Grammy® award winners Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Tickets are only $8 and available online on the FBT website For more information or group sales, please call 281-208-3333.

We’re Off to See the Wizard of Oz at the Stafford Centre!

Follow the yellow brick road to award-winning Fort Bend Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, August 5th at 8pm and August 6th and 7th at 3pm. An extraordinary celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, the entire family will be captivated as they travel over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this wonderful production, featuring breathtaking special effects including Broadway’s Flying by Foy, dazzling choreography, classic songs, professional orchestra and FREE parking.

Tickets are available for this exciting family musical on the FBT website at with prices ranging from $17 – $42.  For more information, call 281-208-3333.

Paul Frank’s Academy of Awesome Tour 2011

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Introducing Paul Frank’s Academy of Awesome Tour

Paul Frank’s Winnebago Hits The Road On A National Tour Bringing Music, Art, Fashion & Fun

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.June 13, 2011 – Saban Brands announced today the launch of the Paul Frank “Academy of Awesome Mobile Tour 2011,” a national tour with over 50 stops, featuring a newly designed Winnebago, where fans of all ages will have a chance to engage in interactive experiences that bring the fun and joy of Paul Frank to life. The mobile tour will include performances from local bands, interactive contests, field trip stops to American landmarks, as well as fun detours to this summer’s hottest entertainment venues, music festivals, beaches and parks across the nation.

The Academy of Awesome Mobile Tour will debut on June 25, 2011 with a kick off party in Los Angeles, Calif. The Winnebago will make its way East across the Southern portion of the United States and come back through the Northern Route.

The Academy of Awesome Tour activities will include a retrospective exhibit displaying limited edition co-branded products dating back over a decade. Other activities include a Creation Station where aspiring designers of all ages can submit art for the chance to create an exclusive Paul Frank t-shirt sold at, a battle of the bands, silk screening, ping-pong, a “puppy prom” inspired fashion show and so much more. The Winnebago will feature a product showroom and lounge showcasing Paul Frank’s latest collection. The newly equipped Winnebago also features interactive stations for social media and music all driven by custom designed furniture incorporating the ipad.

Additionally, the Awesome Tour will make the most out of its miles by stopping along classic and iconic American landscapes. Other quirky locations are the world’s tallest thermometer, the biggest ball of yarn and Elvis’ beloved Graceland.

“Drawing on a long history of more than 15 years of inspiration, the tour will mix pop culture fun with creative contests and entertainment, aimed to engage our wide reaching demo of children and adults,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “The goal of the mobile tour is to use an interactive entertainment approach that will build, enhance and extend the awareness of the brand’s diverse line of product offerings throughout the United States.”

“We have a lot of fun every day creating new products and artwork that we release each season,” said Ryan Heuser, Chief Creative Officer of Paul Frank. “The Academy of Awesome Tour allows us to share that creative process and engage our fans directly with our influences. Maybe you’ll learn how to silk screen a shirt? Maybe you’ll hear a new favorite band? Or learn about a new character? The idea is for us to get out on the road and share our creative experience. We will be spreading some of our own brand of fun, directly back to our fans through events, activities and of course, Julius.”

For more information on the Paul Frank Academy of Awesome Mobile Tour 2011 visit

About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance. Visit

About Paul Frank Industries (PFI)
Acquired in 2010 by Saban Brands, Paul Frank Industries began as a Lo-Fi accessories company in a SoCal beach town garage, and has steadily grown into a globally recognized, iconic brand. Creating relationships through exciting collaborations and strategic licensing partnerships, today Paul Frank merchandise includes apparel and accessories for all ages, books, stationery, eyewear, home décor, bicycles and more. PFI features artistic and entertaining designs inspired by their love of avant-garde, modern influences and everyday objects. Paul Frank products are available at world renowned retailers including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Fred Segal, Colette, Selfridges, Beams and flagship Paul Frank store locations. To see what’s new and exciting at PFI, visit


Stewart Beach
Galveston, Texas
July 9th, 2011

Huffington Center on Aging’s Annual Women’s Health Summit

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What: Women’s Health Summit
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 (10 am Educational Forum, Noon Luncheon)
Where: River Oaks Country Club
Benefitting: Huffington Center at Baylor College of Medicine
Chairmen: Kim Moody and Anne Carl
Honorees: Excellence in Bloom Award: Linda Lyons Brown, Melissa King, Alicia Smith / Spirit of Excellence Award: Joan Schnitzer Levy and Mary Bain Pearson
Honorary Chairmen: Terry Huffington and Ralph Dittman
Tickets: $250 Preferred Seating and $150 Limited Seating. Tables from $2,500

Contact: Zineera Seth, 713.798.3802;,

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