STAGES HITS THE BIG TIME
NEW CAMPUS IS THE STAR OF THE SHOW
Stages Repertory Theatre has announced plans for its new three-theater campus, named in recognition of a major gift from Houston philanthropists Glenda and Russell Gordy. The Gordys have pledged to match every new donation to Staging Our Future: A Transformational Campaign for Stages, dollar for dollar, up to $5 million, making this one of the largest individual gifts in the history of Houston’s performing arts community. Once the match is fulfilled, this gift will complete the $30.5 million capital campaign in support of the theatre’s visionary strategic plan, including construction of its new 66,850sf campus.
In recognition of this legacy commitment, the new campus will be named The Gordy. In addition to the Gordy match, the Staging Our Future campaign has raised $20 million to date, including major commitments from The Brown Foundation, The Sterling-Turner Foundation and the Winston and Reckling families, The Wortham Foundation and the Stages Board of Directors.
HERE’S TO THE WINNERS
WATT AND ALTUVE SCORE HIGH IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Hometown heroes! Sports Illustrated announced in December that Houston athletes J.J. Watt of the Texans and José Altuve of the World Series Champion Astros have been named Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Sportspersons of the Year.
Watt and Altuve were recognized for their contributions both on and off the field and for embodying this year’s key theme of “Athletes Who Care.” The two were featured together on the cover of SI’s annual Sportsperson of the Year issue and in new profiles spotlighting their impact.
Said Watt: “All I did was give people a way to help… If I’m going to get an award, I feel like over 200,000 other people should too.” Altuve, the Houston Astros’ second baseman and American League MVP, is an inspirational story about a consistently underestimated player who rose to the top of his sport. The three-time batting champion was a key part of the team that brought Houston its first World Series Championship. He was recognized for giving back and inspiring a community when it needed it most.
BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
EXPERIENCE THE UNUSUAL
Have you ever wondered how jeweler Johnny Dang creates his famous grills? Have you ever sat in the lotus position while petting a goat? Not just visited, but made art at one of Houston’s world-class museums or gone behind the scenes at the largest rodeo in the world? How about taking an insider tour of the home base for our World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, or viewing the exceptionally unique Art Car Parade like a VIP? It’s all on the schedule in 2018 with Destination English!
Tours for Houstonians and out-of-towners alike, Destination Houston, the cultural tourism arm of Destination English, showcases the best and most unusual aspects of our town. Weekly, affordable tours highlight insider Houston – where to play, eat and, surely, later revisit with family and friends. Visit www.destinationenglish.us/tours for tickets and details.
MEAT: THE PRESS
SOUTHERN SMOKE IGNITES THE CHARITABLE SCENE
Nearly 140 people working in Houston’s food and beverage industry and affected by Hurricane Harvey have received relief funding from the Southern Smoke Foundation.
The nonprofit, which partnered with Legacy Community Health to administer the distribution of funds, donated $501,000 for Harvey relief. Funds were raised via its signature event (Houston’s largest food and wine festival) on October 22 and ancillary events held by industry friends here in Houston and across the country. Workers, business owners and suppliers in the Houston food and beverage community who suffered losses during the storm – from lost wages to ruined homes – were encouraged to apply for relief grants. Of the 161 applications submitted, 139 were deemed eligible and received checks ranging from $1,000 to $9,000.
A DREAM COME TRUE
SNOOZE WAKES UP THE HEIGHTS
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, the all-day breakfast and brunch hotspot, is expanding its Houston roots to the Heights area, opening in early 2018. This will be the eatery’s fourth Houston location. “We are humbled by the positive response from Houstonians and we are eager to join the thriving Heights neighborhood,” says Snooze, an A.M. Eatery’s CEO, David Birzon. “We look forward to sharing our spin on breakfast and brunch with more Houstonians in our new community.”
The 3,800sf eatery – located in the heart of the lively, historic and diverse Houston neighborhood at 718-A West 18th St. – will boast one of the most impressive building designs of any Snooze location, with an industrial look using steel, glass and wood façade. However, overall, it will embody the same bright, inviting and energetic atmosphere Snoozers know and love.
For additional information on Snooze, visit www.snoozeeatery.com.
New storefront March 2018
SOREK OPENS IN EAST VILLAGE
Slated to open this upcoming March, Sorek looks to become the one-stop shop for the modern man in Houston. Sorek will provide an approachable, yet fresh and sophisticated atmosphere that surpasses the trends of the traditional Prohibition-era barber shops that have seen a recent resurgence across the country. In addition to standard barber and grooming services, Sorek will offer a variety of high-end retail products: designer labels ranging from classic to more modern styles, as well as accessories, like jewelry, watches and more.
The new storefront will be located at 2106 Dallas Street, Suite100. This location is within the burgeoning East Village development in the East Downtown neighborhood, which has seen an explosion of growth in the past few years
New Management and Menu
SIPHON COFFEE PERKS UP WITH NEW MANAGEMENT AND MENU
Siphon Coffee owner Edward Treistman and new business partner Robert Taylor have announced that Norma Jean Odegard, a Seattle native and specialty coffee industry veteran, has taken the role of Manager at the busy Montrose neighborhood café.
Odegard recently relocated to Houston after more than a decade managing high-volume cafes in Seattle. She says, “Montrose is a wonderful neighborhood, and Siphon is truly a gem of this town. I was drawn to Siphon from the first visit. The staff is passionate about coffee, eager to share their knowledge and they’re close – like a family, which made me feel accepted right away.”
Treistman and Taylor are working closely with Odegard toward a renewed emphasis on quality, service and atmosphere. A newly upgraded patio with addi- tional seating and local artist mural, piano in a cozy lounge area and artwork from local artists on display in the café lobby are just some of the additions with the new direction Siphon Coffee is taking to create a warm and inviting environment. www.siphoncoffeehouston.com
PARK IT HERE
KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY BLOSSOMS WITH PARTNERS
The Katy Prairie Conservancy, The UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center and Asakura Robinson were recently awarded the Proud Partner Award from Keep Houston Beautiful at the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Proud Partners Luncheon.
This award is given to organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to keeping Houston beautiful. The MD Anderson Prairie project was born in 2012 in response to the demolition of the Houston Main Building at the corner of Holcombe Boulevard and Fannin Street in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.
The initial plan was to create a large lawn where the prairie current- ly sits. Dan Butterwick, a now retired Chief Architect with MD Anderson Cancer Center, instead envisioned a wildscape that would beautify the campus and reduce mowing and watering costs.
The MD Anderson landscape and planning teams embraced and expanded this initial vision. Project leaders agreed to move forward with a 1.7-acre prairie restoration, creating a critical habitat in the mid- dle of the city for migratory birds, monarch butterflies and dwindling native bee populations.
WORLD-CLASS ARTIST AT ART OF THE WORLD
JORGE JIMÉNEZ DEREDIA COMES TO TOWN
Jorge Jiménez Deredia and his famous works will be exhibited at blue-chip Houston gallery Art of the World Gallery beginning Thursday, January 18. Deredia — a native of Costa Rica — is the world’s leading Latin American sculptor, having exhibited over 50 personal exhibitions and 100 collective exhibitions over the last 50 years from Mexico City and Florence to Lima and Shanghai. His works have been featured at the Venice Biennale three times, and he remains the only extra-European artist to have a work represented in the Vatican’s public collection — an incredible lifetime achievement and feat unmatched by living artists. Bringing his talents to Art of the World Gallery, Deredia will be present to personally guide and explain his works and move- ments. Rarely does a world-renowned artist of Deredia’s caliber make person- al exhibition visits, let alone to Houston. Visit www.artoftheworldgallery.com for all the details.
GIVE US THE BOOT, AND MORE!
LUCCHESE EXPANDS ITS PRODUCT OFFERINGS
Lucchese has been blazing trails for eons and are cele- brating their 135th anniversary in 2018! They’ve recently announced a new signature line of shirts, denim, home accessories and unique gift items – including leather – scented candles. Don’t worry, Lucchese still carries a wide range of gorgeous boots and shoes in all colors and styles for men and women at their Houston flagship, located at 4051 Westheimer Rd. in Highland Village. On our personal radar: The Giant Gator Duffle Bag and the Men’s Giant Gator Loafers.