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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
THE PARTY Nearly 700 guests ascended to the rooftop of downtown’s Hard Rock Hotel for a newsy announcement by Westfield UTC. THE NEWS Westfield VIPs unveiled plans for a $180 million renovation of the aging mall, including the addition of a Tender Greens restaurant—the popular organic eatery—as well as plans to expand the food court with more than 15 options.
THE PARTY A sold-out crowd of more than 400 surf execs and pros came out for the industry’s biggest fundraiser. The Liquid Nation Ball 8 was held at the Bird Rock manse of Fernando Aguerre, co-founder of Reef and the evening’s colorful host. THE PLAYERS Pro surfers Jordy Smith, Dane Gudauskas, Brett Simpson, Rabbit Bartholomew, Miguel Pupo, Adrian Buchan and Pat O’Connell. Also in the house: ESPN host Sal Masekela.