Comedy Explosion!

September 10, 2011 by  
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Comedy Explosion

Coming to Reliant Arena
Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2011

Time is running out to get your tickets!

Come out for a night of the best in entertainment, jokes, comedians and laughter as the Comedy Explosion comes to Reliant Arena, Saturday, September 17th, 2011 featuring DL Hughley, Adele Givens, J Anthony Brown Ali Siddiq, and Aries Spears. Tickets are going fast!

Regular tickets start at $45 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800.745.3000, online at and at Reliant Stadium South Ticket Windows.

Tickets: Comedy Explosion

Buy now, get your tickets before time runs out!  

Upcoming Events at Reliant Park…

Tattoo & Body Art Expo
Reliant Center, on sale Now!
September 16, 2011 – September 18, 2011
1- Day Tickets $20
3-Day Weekend Pass $45
Children under 10: Free with paid accompanying adult.

Tickets: Starting at $20 

Amr Diab & Arash in Concert
Reliant Arena, on sale Now!
September 16, 2011 at 8pm

Tickets: Starting at $4


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Jason Boland

September 10, 2011 by  
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Jason Boland will be performing solo for a rare acoustic set at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands on October 5th, in support of Jason Boland & The Stragglers’ upcoming new studio album Rancho AltoRancho Alto is set for release on October 4th through Boland’s Proud Souls Entertainment (APEX Nashville/Thirty Tigers). Boland is a country purist, whose music has much more in common with Waylon, Merle, Willie, and Jamey Johnson, than what is heard on the airwaves these days. He clings onto the notion that the fundamental values of the genre are soulful, blue-collar, defiant, truthful, and real. With one foot firmly in the past, and the other in the present, Jason Boland & The Stragglers make country music for people who love real country music and for people who just love great music.

Formed in 1998, Jason Boland & The Stragglers built a name for themselves through five studio albums, two live albums and most notably, their amazing sold out live shows. To date they have sold over 500,000 albums independently. Their 2008 release, Comal County Blue was one of 2008’s most successful independent country releases, debuting at #2 on the Billboard National Heatseekers chart, #30 on Billboard Country Albums, #1 on iTunes country albums, as well as their first debut on the Billboard Top 200.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers are Boland (vocals/guitar), Roger Ray (steel/lead guitar & dobro), Jeremy Watkins (fiddle), Grant Tracy (bass), and Brad Rice (drums). Rancho Alto was produced by Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen) and features 11 new songs, 8 written or co-written by Boland. 

For a bio, photos, and art, please visit

For inquiries, please contact
Lindsey Thompson, 

Jim Flammia,
All Eyes Media 615-227-2770

11th Annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival

September 8, 2011 by  
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A fun festival for everyone. Sample 100′s of award winning hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, jams/jellies and more. Every thing from the Mild to the Wild. Bands, children’s activities, food concencessions.

“Always in September.” 100′s of award winning hot and fiery food products from around the world.
September 17 & 18, 2011
Sat. 11-6 / Sun Noon – 5
At the Stafford Centre for Performimg Arts

Admission $5
Children 12 and under Free (no pets allowed)

The 2011 Festival is dedicated to two great people who have passed this year:
Lester Fox and Craig Bartom

Bayou Bend Hosts Opera Under the Stars

September 7, 2011 by  
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A Night of Edgar Allan Poe

What: The gorgeous Diana Garden is the magical backdrop for Bayou Bend¹s annual fall tradition of Opera Under the Stars. Bring your
folding chair or blanket and enjoy another fabulous Opera Vista production, the fifth such collaboration between the two organizations
in as many years. This year, American literary genius Edgar Allan Poe, best known for his spooky tales of mystery and the macabre, is the
inspiration for a captivating evening of music and song. Join us as the company presents The Fall of the House of Usher composed by Philip
Glass (1988) and first commissioned by the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA and the Kentucky Opera. You might not want to come alone ‹ the gothic plotlines suggest frightening moments and dastardly deeds aplenty!

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011 (rain date September 25)

Gates open at 7:15 p.m.

Central hall of the house will be open until 7:45p.m.

Performance begins at 8:00 p.m.

Please note the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center will be

Where: 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street

Details: Tickets purchased before September 19 are $25 for regular admission and $20 for MFAH members. Tickets purchased on or after
September 19 are $35 for regular admission and $30 for MFAH members. Tickets available at or at door the night of the event, space permitting. No refunds.

No outside food or drink (except water) permitted; wine, beer, sodas, and bottled water will be available for purchase. Please refrain from
bringing guests under the age of 13.

Parking is FREE. Call in advance to make special arrangements for wheelchair access: 713-639-7759.

Background: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston¹s home for America¹s treasures, features one of the world¹s great collections
of American decorative arts and paintings. The objects are displayed in the home of legendary Houston philanthropist and collector Ima Hogg (1882-1975), who gave her estate to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1957. More than 20 room settings reveal the evolution of American style and taste from 1620 to 1876. The mansion is situated on 14 acres of formal gardens and lush woodlands. Bayou Bend is open year-round to visitors, and offers many programs for children, families, and adults. Visitors are also invited to enjoy the new Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center that showcases the cultural, civic and philanthropic legacy of the Hogg family; a public research library
that houses 6,000 volumes dedicated to American art, culture, history and gardening, and two meeting rooms, an education garden and a retail shop.

Information: For more information, call Bayou Bend 713-639-7759 or visit or

Contacts: Kim Stinebaker, DPW PR; or 713-224-9115

Essence by Artist Kay Sarver at Archway Gallery

September 7, 2011 by  
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by Artist Kay Sarver at Archway Gallery

Exhibition November 5 – December 1, 2011

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
DATE: Saturday, November 5, 2011
TIME: 5 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006
Light refreshments will be served

Houston, Texas (September 6, 2011) – Archway Gallery presents Essence, featuring paintings by Kay Sarver. The exhibition will be on view November 5 – December 1, 2011.

The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery.

In a collaboration of steel wire and oil paint on wood, Sarver brings a distinct perspective that speaks to the intrinsic nature of our existence.  Painted, earthy figures reminiscent of Indigenous women of the Americas are her human contact. Through her work, Sarver asks viewers to contemplate life beyond the physical realm and explore the world of spirit and the deep connection between these two.

“I believe we are often disillusioned about who we really are, why we are here and how we interconnect with all around us,” Sarver said. “Many of us live in large cities that are filled with concrete, steel and a fast pace, high-media lifestyle, which further distances our vital connection to nature.   As we become entangled in our material reality, we may find ourselves unaware of our own inner essence – our soul, which I believe is the greater part of being human.”

Sarver further heightens the visual experience of her work by using multiple gauges of steel wire shaped into various animal, plant and other worldly forms to establish a more ethereal impression of each subject’s “inner self.”   Often these wire forms are attached to the paintings themselves, while the painted figures subtly interact with their eyes closed. Sarver believes this will help to invoke the sense of “feeling” the energy of the nonphysical part of something, rather than seeing it’s physicality with eyes wide open.

“In this kind of tender, reverent relationship with life, we begin to understand the fundamental parallel to our thriving in a healthy, balanced existence on Earth,” she said.

After growing up in the Mid-West and attending the University of Cincinnati in the Fine Arts program as a Painting major, Sarver moved to Florida for a few years and then moved to Texas.  In 2000, she made her first trip to Mexico, not knowing just how much this would change her life and the direction of her art.

She saw something different in the faces of the people she encountered, aside from their obvious indigenous heritage.  The paintings she developed from these first impressions connected legends and traditions with modern-day struggles.

“Even though I felt deeply engaged with many issues these people face in their daily lives,” she said, “it was clear that my interest had grown into something more personal.”

As her relationship strengthened through her involvement with these Native American cultures, she began to learn about the deeper connection to life and “Spirit” and her inherent longing to fully comprehend and embrace this state of being.

Kay Sarver, Rose Spirit


ABOUT ARCHWAY GALLERY  – Celebrating our 35th Anniversary
Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. Artists are always on site, offering visitors a unique experience to meet the artist who created the work, offering a personal insight about the process behind their creativity. The gallery offers a “Tea and Tour” program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments. In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and authors.  With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for art. For more information, visit or call 713.522.2409. Become a fan on Facebook.

Where’s the safest place

September 5, 2011 by  
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By Lynn Ashby                                                                5 Sept.  2011

Right after an earthquake, a hurricane hit New York City, sending Yankees fleeing Irene like evacuees from Katrina. Just as with the Cajuns, the Gothamites, too, had bottled water, cans of Sterno, long lines of cars, bottled vodka, pets in cages, bottled Sterno. Up till then, they thought they were safe from storms, if not muggers, high taxes and the Mets. Did I mention earthquakes?

After the New Yorkers’ return home, maybe they found out what happens to the plywood. Here in Texas before every storm from the Gulf, everyone runs out and buys plywood to hammer over store fronts and house windows. The next year everyone buys more plywood. Where did last year’s plywood go? Did it burn? Was it stolen by termites?

Anyway, we might say the New Yorkers’ flight and plight serve them right, after those many years they ridiculed people along the Gulf Coast. “Why would anyone want to live there, since every couple of years a hurricane comes along and flattens everything?”

The national media, especially the TV networks, are headquartered in Manhattan. Every time a dark cloud appears just west of Africa heading towards America, the news shows go bananas about the impending disaster that might hit NEW YORK CITY! Beaumont could be flooded. Houston is swamped and they can’t find Corpus. But if Manhattan appears even slightly in the crosshairs, it’s a major story. Irene did, indeed, turn out to be over-hyped hysteria as far as the Big Apple was concerned, but it brings up a question: where can we live that is safe? And, of course, it makes us think of Wilmer McLean.

Let’s look at the record. This storm hit much of the eastern coast, a feat which is common. Hurricanes have long slammed into Florida. Key West has been hit ever since someone found the key. Georgia, too. The Carolinas are old hands at running from storms. In Boston in1954, Hurricane Carol toppled the steeple in the Old North Church where, as Sarah Palin explained, Paul Revere kept a lookout for attacking Japanese warplanes.

Towns along the Gulf of Mexico are still recovering from a parade of hurricanes with their death and destruction. IH 10 from Houston west to Columbus has big electric signs announcing evacuation routes. There are contra-flow barriers. Yes, coastal Texans know natural disasters. How about west Texas? How about wildfires? Arizona is safe from hurricanes, but half the state burned down in forest fires this year. Northern Arizona, like East Texas, is one big tinderbox. What’s more, dust storms roar through Phoenix like a tsunami.

Kiss off the west coast when it comes to safety. From Seattle to San Diego, windows rattle as earthquakes come and go. A seismologist on the radio last week said, “It’s not if the big quake is coming to the West Coast, but when.” This brings us to Waxahachie. A main reason the underground Superconductor Supercollider was to be placed near Waxahachie was the location was earthquake proof. In 2009, residents in the area experienced five earthquakes in one week. Where is FEMA when you need it?

Each winter the American north gets blizzards, usually several. If you live in Fargo, don’t. Why would anyone stay in Minneapolis in January? Chicago, like Wichita Falls, is scorching in the summer and freezing with a chance of blizzards in the winter. Living there is dangerous.

People living along the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers annually sandbag their upstairs bedrooms, hoping to keep the water out. It costs a fortune. Floods are hazardous to your wealth. If you like both hurricanes and floods, sometimes together, say hello to the Crescent City. While we’re on hazards, don’t breathe deep in Pasadena and Port Arthur. In Deer Park the kids have a saying, “I shot an arrow into the air. It stuck.” That sounds dangerous. Meanwhile, the Big Drought of ’11 makes all of Texas unsafe.

Which country has more tornadoes than any other? The U.S. records far more tornadoes than any other country, nearly four times more than estimated in all of Europe. We get more than 1,000 tornadoes per year. Second is Canada with about 100. OK, which state has the most tornados? Texas. The 30-year average number of tornadoes per year for Texas is 126. We’re Number One! Oklahoma is in second place with a measly 52. The high number in Texas is mainly due to the state’s size. Over the years, tornadoes have devastated Waco, Fort Worth, Dallas, Lubbock and every place in between, but name the county in Texas that has the most tornados. Harris County, which is Houston and then some. From 1950-2007, Harris County reported the most tornadoes in Texas with 212.

Besides weather, what else makes for a dangerous place to live? El Paso is right across the Rio from Juarez, the bloodiest city on earth. You know when Baghdad wins the silver and Kabul wins the bronze, Juarez is not the place to vacation. Yet El Paso is statistically one of the safest cities in the nation. I blame global warming, but some credit landmines. Still, El Paso is too close to Juarez to be safe.

All of this brings us to Wilmer McLean. In 1861, he had a farm, Yorkshire Plantation, in Manassas, Virginia. Yes, the same Manassas, aka the First Battle of Bull Run. That first major land battle of the Civil War took place on his farm. Rebel officers took over his house as HQ, and a cannon ball went through his chimney.

McLean decided to move because his business activities were centered mostly in southern Virginia, and the Union army presence in his area of northern Virginia made his work difficult. No doubt he also wanted to protect his family from another battle in his front yard. So he moved to, uh, to Appomattox Court House. Duck! So, in seeking a safe place to live, we might consider the McLean Rule of Safety: there isn’t one.


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Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen

September 4, 2011 by  
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Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen

Single women take note: the waiters at Haven are hot.  Oh, and we had the perfect meal.


Hill Country Wild Boar Chili, Pepper Jack, Minced Onions, Crema, Corn Sticks


Any item stuffed with Brie deserves to be sampled!


Brie Stuffed Akaushi Steak, Butternut Squash, Pecans, Caramelized Onions, Red Wine Demi





Coconut Tres Leche Bread Pudding, Dulce de Leche Sauce, Meringue, Toasted Coconut


H Texas Ratings:

Romantic Dining: *****

Family Friendly: ***

Cost: ***

Restaurant Week Blog: Antica Italian Restaurant

September 4, 2011 by  
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Antica Italian Restaurant

I’d never heard of Antica.  As soon as I arrived, I could see why.  It’s just a cute neighborhood joint.  And when your neighborhood is West U…. you’re doing just fine. 


We picked Antica because they had lamb chops on the menu.  The bigger surprise is they extended the Restaurant Weeks option to the entire menu.  Order any appetizer, entrée and dessert.  It’s all offered at restaurant week pricing.  Fabulous!

Agnello Alla Griglia
Marinated baby lamp chops lightly grilled with mixed herbs








Herb Chicken






                                                                                                       Italian Cream Cake

H Texas Ratings:

Romantic Dining: ****

Family Friendly: *** (My friend who just had twins comes here all the time.  She sits in the corner and enjoys her wine)

Cost: **

Miss Houston takes home crown @Miss Texas USA Pageant

September 4, 2011 by  
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The judges chose the blonde……

The ballroom at the Hilton of the Americas was transformed into a professional Vegas-type showroom replete with stage, flashing lights and over 100 of the most beautiful women in Texas.  They started in yellow tops and white shorts and marveled the crowd with their commitment to physical fitness in the swimsuit competition.  They were red-carpet worthy in the evening gown portion of the program.

When all was said and done, Brittany Booker was crowned this year’s Miss Texas USA.

The Top 16 were: Miss South Texas USA Barbara Falcon, Miss San Antonio USA Larissa Taylor, Miss El Paso USA Georgina Macias, Miss Dallas USA Shannon McAnally, Miss Fort Worth USA Christina Entsminger, Miss Dallas-Fort Worth USA Kathryn Dunn, Miss North Dallas USA Sarah Boehner,  Miss Houston USA Brittany Booker, Miss Gulf Coast USA Kallye Mitchell, Miss Galveston USA Taylor Lanning, Miss Lake Jackon USA Brittney Tiner, Miss RGV USA Yliana Guerra, Miss Laredo USA Lauren Guzman, Miss Spindletop USA Ashlea Gutierrez, Miss Bay Area USA Erin Kay and Miss Mission USA Ashley Huges.

In the Top 5 were Miss Bay Area USA, Miss Laredo USA, Miss South Texas USA, Miss Houston USA and Miss Dallas USA.

The event was emceed by Houston darling Crystle Stewart.  She announced her appearance on a TBS special series.  We interviewed her before winning Miss Texas USA.  WATCH INTERVIEW HERE

H Texas Magazine is especially proud of Booker.  We were on the distinguished panel of judges when she was selected as Miss Houston.  We were instructed to look for Miss Texas.  Obviously we found her!

Brittany is a University of Houston student.  She’ll represent Texas at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

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September 2, 2011 by  
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Local students to compete for a trip to the finals in New York City

Macy’s 6th Annual Spelling Bee hosted by Reading is Fundamental® is back for yet another year! Kids ages 8-11 are encouraged to enter the Spelling Bee competition before a panel of judges to compete for a trip to the finals in New York City on September 24.

Each regional Spelling Bee champ will take home great prizes including a year of online tutoring from Kaplan Smart Track and a $150 gift card from Scholastic. The winner of the Final Bee in NYC will receive a magical California vacation for a family of four including round trip air travel, hotel accommodations and more, all provided by Radio Disney®! The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $5,000 Kaplan Smart Track Tutoring Scholarship and a $500 Scholastic gift card.

The Macy’s Spelling Bee is open to the first 50 children, ages 8-11 who register onsite on the day of the event. Registration begins at 1:00p.m. The Spelling Bee competition will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. For more details and a complete listing of participating Macy’s locations, visit .

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Macy’s Memorial City, Level 2, adjacent to Children’s Department

303 Memorial City Houston, TX 77024 

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