Archive for July, 2020

Storied Houston Hotel Adds its Own Showcase Flower Shop — Inside The Houstonian’s New Floral Studio Wonderland

While the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is working feverishly to complete the revamping of its highly regarded Trellis Spa, the tree-shrouded resort in the midst of Houston is adding to its hospitality portfolio. With not only special events and weddings in mind, Sage ‘n’ Bloom floral design has also opened up shop as The … Continued

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Adults-Only Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta Emerges as a True Socially Distanced Retreat — Inside the Unique World of Casa Velas

New coronavirus normals have extended to travel as well. Remote and spacious destinations are more valued than ever. The exclusive, intimate Casa Velas boutique hotel tucked away in a quiet, upscale residential neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico definitely qualifies. The intimate gated property serves up all the comfort and exclusivity of a private hacienda, but …... | Read More

Ultra Ambitious New Seafood Restaurant Brings Brennan’s Former Chef and an Oyster King Together — Get Ready for Pier 6

You might say that former Brennan’s of Houston executive chef Joe Cervantez and oyster king Raz Halili are pitching their hats into the ring for three Michelin stars, the highly coveted honor bestowed on restaurants that deliver “exceptional cuisine and are worth a special trip just to visit.” It will take a 40-mile trip to … Continued

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Greek Theatre On The Rocks

Even before the pandemic, Greece’s theaters were in trouble. Years of austerity saw government spending on the arts slashed, with subsidies for the largest theaters cut in half, or withdrawn altogether for some smaller venues. As a deep recession hammered the economy, tens of thousands of businesses closed down, leaving little prospect of support from the private sector. Dozens of theaters... | Read More

Black And White Emmy Nominations Prompt #LatinosAreOnTVToo

While the 2020 Emmy nominations announced this week were notable for the number of Black shows and creators, they were woefully lacking representation of Latinx talent.

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How Island Grill became a Houston Institution — His Name is Faysal Haddad

If you have frequented any of the five locations of Houston’s Island Grill, you’ve likely made a new friend. Island Grill’s owners and founders Faysal and Maria Haddad are as serious about hospitality as they are about sourcing the best ingredients for his restaurants. The dedicated couple splits up the responsibilities of running such a … Continued

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Musicians Fear Disruptions Will Be Permanent

It seems like the entire edifice is teetering. If you can’t pay musicians, you can’t get live music. Culture, while a major economic sector, will likely be one of the last to restart after the shutdown. – Van

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Director Alan Parker, 76

He was nominated for the best-director Oscar for the 1978 film “Midnight Express” and again 10 years later for “Mississippi Burning.” – The New York Times

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The Gauguin Detective

Born in Calais, France, Fabrice Fourmanoir, 63, might once have been dismissed as a crackpot, a wannabe who would never be welcomed into the sophisticated enclave of art scholarship. But since January he’s gained some standing in this forbidding world, after playing a leading role in a blush-inducing admission by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles that a Gauguin sculpture, purchased in 2002... | Read More

Who Was Pacita Abad, the Pioneering Filipina Painter Honored by Google Doodle?

On Friday Google’s homepage pays tribute to the prolific Philippine artist and activist Pacita Abad, who on this day in 1984 became the first woman to receive the Philippines’s 10 Outstanding Young Men award. Her pioneering painting practice foregrounded overlooked women—Indigenous Filipina, domestic workers from Pakistan, Cambodian refugees. “I am a painter who paints from... | Read More

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