Good Chemistry

Photography by Sarah Dorio

Good Chemistry

by Katie Kelly Bell | The Atlantan magazine | October 26, 2011

At first glance, the new Briza (formerly Pacci) at Renaissance Atlanta Midtown (formerly Hotel Palomar) appears to have changed very little. The rich décor, heavy on pewter, maroon and velvet, remains, as do the curvaceous booths that dot the dining room. It still has the weight of a serious place to eat. But don’t be fooled. The similarities make a hard stop at décor.

What’s Up? Doc!

A Sam Houston High School student pimps her ride in 'Art Car: The Movie.'

What’s Up? Doc!

by Evan Wetmore | Houston magazine | October 26, 2011

Just as Houston’s third annual Cinema Arts Festival bows, spotlighting films by and about artists and attracting Hollywood A-listers—Tilda Swinton made the scene in 2009 and, just last year, Shirley McLaine and Isabella Rossellini were on hand—a couple of locally made documentary films about offbeat art forms are getting big buzz.

Home Plate

Photography by Ben Garrett

Home Plate

by Rebecca Sherman | Houston magazine | October 26, 2011

“I have had two psychics tell me there is a relative I’ve never met who is my guardian angel,” Bryan Downey says, waiting a beat or two before continuing in case anyone decides to scoff. No doubters here. The angel he’s referring to is great-grand-uncle Waylande Gregory, an American sculptor declared by The New York Times in 1941 the most brilliant ceramicist at the time.

Style Star

Photography by Julie Soefer

Style Star

by Chris Kelly | Houston magazine | October 26, 2011

With just a day to recover from jet lag, Fady Armanious, 29, is back on the job as director of Tootsies after a hectic buying trip in Europe with colleague Penne Weidig. “Lots of people think it’s glamorous traveling to Paris and Milan, but in reality, it’s a lot of work,” says Armanious, telling a story about a previous trip when the then-hot color, poudre, a powdery pink, was on every runway. By the end of the trip, he and Weidig were so tired they “started saying poudre when we couldn’t think of a word.

Subcontinental Classic

Photography by Debora Smail

Subcontinental Classic

by John Demers | Houston magazine | October 26, 2011

The twinkly lit palm trees lining Westheimer in Highland Village, as sure a harbinger of the holidays in Houston as the plummeting of the mercury to a balmy 70 degrees, this year illuminate an even-buzzier-than-usual shopping and dining district.

Four-Wheeled Fantasy

Range Rover blazes a new trail with its futuristic 2012 Evoque.

Four-Wheeled Fantasy

by Nate Chapnick | CS magazine | October 26, 2011

A Bloody Good Story

Photography by Dana Damewood

A Bloody Good Story

by Korey Huyler | CS magazine | October 26, 2011

Imagine a Chicago where vampires live in mansions throughout the city and happen to be on good terms with the mayor and the city’s elite. Oh, and throw in an ombudsman’s office made up of humans, shape-shifters and sorcerers who work together to ensure that everyone in Chicago—whether you’re supernatural or a mere mortal—lives in harmony.

Northward Bound

Photography by Anthony Tahlier

Northward Bound

by Lisa Shames | CS magazine | October 26, 2011

Perhaps the best way to describe Northdown Cafe and Taproom is by telling you what you won’t find at this Lakeview tavern. To wit: no fancy-schmancy cocktails, chic décor, über-trendy food or flat-screens (OK, there is one hanging high above the bar, but it’s more of an afterthought really). As for those ubiquitous Mason jars you’ll find all over town filled with everything from salads to desserts to beer, they’re nonexistent here (home canners rejoice!).

So what does this tavern have to offer?

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