Houston City Scope March 2016
TILMAN FERTITTA STARS IN CNBC’S NEW REALITY SHOW BILLION DOLLAR BUYER
Tilman Fertitta, chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry’s, Inc., will star in CNBC’s new original primetime series, Billion Dollar Buyer, premiering Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m.
The show introduces small businesses from across the nation to Fertitta, one of America’s most successful businessmen and billionaire hospitality mogul, giving promising start-ups the opportunity of a lifetime.
With an annual supply spend of $2 billion, Fertitta’s buying power is second to none. Fertitta oversees more than 500 properties and over 50 leading restaurant, hotel, and entertainment brands, ranging from high-end properties like Mastro’s and Morton’s The Steakhouse, to such mainstream destinations as Rainforest Café, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Saltgrass Steak House, and five Golden Nugget Casinos.
Now, he’s personally scouting the country for the most innovative new products America’s entrepreneurs have to offer – everything from food and drink for his restaurants and casinos, to linens and spa products for his hotels. In each hour-long episode, Fertitta will spend time with two small businesses, sample their goods, get to know their owners, and assess their compatibility with Landry’s, Inc. He’ll point out flaws in their product and operations, share his expertise, and push for improvements. In the end, he’ll decide whether to place a transformative purchase order with one of the companies, both, or neither. These businesses are about to come face-to-face with the most powerful customer they’ll ever meet: the Billion Dollar Buyer.
“We know there’s an appetite for high quality programming that dives into the world of small business and celebrates the American Dream,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC. “With the addition of Billion Dollar Buyer to our already robust lineup, CNBC continues to be the home for programs that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.”
For more information on the TV program,visit cnbcprime.com.
PERRY PRICE JOINS HCCC AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) has announced that Perry Price will be the art center’s new executive director. Most recently, Price was director of education at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he developed, managed and implemented all aspects of local and national outreach and programming for nearly four years. He brings to HCCC a wealth of experience in arts administration, including project and fiscal management, fundraising, scholarship, programs and exhibitions, as well as a passion for developing and fostering national relationships in the world of contemporary craft.
As executive director, Price will work with board and staff to begin a new strategic planning process that will emphasize local and national presence, as well as collaboration. Board President Edward McCartney said, “We are thrilled to have Perry as our new executive director. He has an unmatched passion for and extensive knowledge of contemporary craft, and we are confident that he has the experience, expertise and vision to lead HCCC to the realization of its full potential in the years to come.”
Price is looking forward to leading the organization, which he believes is poised to grow and increase its contributions to the national dialogue of contemporary craft: “As a small institution with a strong reputation, HCCC has the opportunity to be nimble in its programming, collaborate both regionally and nationally, and be a voice for the ever-changing contemporary world of craft, design and the applied arts,” he said. “Now is the moment for the organization to become a leader in the promotion and interpretation of contemporary craft, both in Houston and across the country.”
HOUSTON BALLET, 2016-2017 SEASON OVERVIEW
Houston Ballet launches its 47th season with a mixed repertory program entitled Director’s Choice: American Ingenuity, featuring George Balanchine’s tribute to Imperial Russian Ballet,Theme and Variations, and the company premieres of Jerome Robbins’ dynamic Other Dances, and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, 10, 16, 17 and at 2 p.m. on Sept.11 and 18.
A signature work for Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch since its creation in 1995, Madame Butterfly performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 24, 30, Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 1 and 2.
The highlight of the 2016-17 Season is a joyous new production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch Nov. 25-Dec.27.
Jubilee of Dance, a one-night-only event, is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.
The story has been a favorite for generations, but make no mistake, this is not your childhood Cinderella. See the show at 7:30 p.m. on March 2, 4, 10, 11; at 2 p.m. on March 5, 12; and 1:30 p.m. on March 4 and 11.
A mixed repertory program Director’s Choice: Legends and Prodigy, featuring three company, dancer, and audience favorites plays at 7:30 p.m. on March 16, 18, 24, 25 and at 2 p.m. on March 19 and 26.
The Tempest makes its American premiere at 7:30 p.m. on May 25, 27, June 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. on May 28 and June 4.
La Bayadère is classical ballet with a touch of Bollywood and shows at 7:30 p.m. on June 8, 10, 16, 17 and at 2 p.m. on June 11, 17 and 18.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit houstonballet.org.
ELITE ATHLETES VISIT TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO KICK OFF FAMILY FUN RUN 2016
A group of elite athletes supported by the Houston Marathon Foundation visited patients at Texas Children’s Hospital and passed out medals to kick off registration for the 2016 Family Fun Run. The run is an annual event held at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus in partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation that focuses on educating and encouraging Houston-area children and their families to adopt active, healthy lifestyles. This will be the fourth year for the event. It will take place on Saturday, April 9 and will include both a 1K and 3K course.
Participants of all abilities, including those needing walkers and wheelchairs, are welcome. Strollers are also welcome. There will not be prizes given for top finishers; all will receive an award for participating. The race will take place rain or shine. For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the race course. Visit texaschildrens.org/funrun for more information.
K9S4COPS CLAY SHOOT
(Photos: Michael Saavedra at Amber Magic Studio)
The K9s4Cops Fourth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot Tournament hosted by Honorary Chair, renowned attorney and philanthropist Tony Buzbee was held at the Greater Houston Gun Club.
Founded in 2010, the organization has been making Houston and America safer by placing highly trained K9s in departments and schools across 30 states. K9s4Cops dogs have confiscated over $100,000,000 worth of contraband and taken over 100 illegal firearms off the streets.
After a competitive day of shooting at the club by 25 teams, the tournament wrapped up with Texas-sized fajita buffet with all the fixings from Cotton Culinary, and an impressive awards ceremony. Guests enjoyed Deep Eddy Vodka, a whiskey tasting from Maker’s Mark and a wine tasting by Wine4Me creator Amy Gross.
The silent auction drew a crowd of bidders with lots of items, including an autographed Hakeem Olajuwon jersey to a trip to the Beverly Hills Hotel with first class airfare and tickets to the Dr. Phil TV show. The auction items weren’t the only chances to win big as top team prizes included custom belts from Maida’s Belts and Buckles, GoPro cameras donated by Sun and Ski Sports and custom-dipped Yeti cups.
After the awards ceremony, The Guzzlers performed and guests danced the night away. When it was time to leave, everyone stopped by the Southern Ice Cream cart and picked their favorite cold treat to go.
SERVICE MEMBERS FROM ACROSS U.S. CONDUCT COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES IN HOUSTON
On Jan. 30, 62 National AmeriCorps VISTA Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program Members went into the Houston Community to raise awareness about federal food programs and volunteer their skills to serve hungry families. The program provides full-time, year-round community service in 29 states from coast-coast. Throughout the day, volunteers went to eight different sites to volunteer their time and skills to the Houston community.
At the Last Organic Outpost, 711 Emile St., volunteers aided the urban farm by planting, weeding, watering and engaging in other service tasks at the garden.
At Campus Kitchens (University of Houston),2821 Canal Street and 6311 Gulf Fwy., volunteers aided in food recovery by preserving unused food from dining hall facilities and redistributing it to families at New Hope Housing in Houston’s Third Ward.
At Beauty Community Garden, 3201 Airline Drive, volunteers made fresh produce available to high need areas in Houston. Members planted, weeded, watered, and engaged in other service tasks at the garden.
For SNAP Outreach at Local Libraries and in the surrounding communities volunteers distributed flyers about SNAP enrollment and prescreening with local partner organizations.
Hunger Free America also now manages the National Hunger Clearinghouse and National Hunger Hotline on behalf of USDA. Anyone in the U.S. who needs food can call 1-866-3-Hungry or the Spanish version at 1-877-3-Hambre to learn where they can access food resources in their community.
TUTS ANNOUNCES 2016/17 SEASON LINEUP
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced its mainstage 2016/17 season which represents 14 Tony Awards and 51 nominations featuring large-scale classics and favorites, along with new works.
Grease – Sept. 13 – 25
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – Oct. 25 – Nov. 6
Shrek The Musical – Dec. 6 – 18
An American In Paris – Feb 21 – March 5
Jesus Christ Superstar – April 4 – 16
Fun Home – May 16 – 28
Subscriptions are on sale now. For more information, visit tuts.com.
KATHERINE S. HOWE TO RETIRE AFTER 41 YEARS AT THE MFAH
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Director Gary Tinterow announced that Katherine S. Howe, founding director of Rienzi, will retire at the end of June. A Houston native and noted specialist in European and American decorative arts, Howe has been director of Rienzi, the Museum’s center for European decorative arts, since 1993 and first joined the staff of the MFAH in 1975.
During her tenure at the Museum, Howe developed the Museum’s decorative-arts collections, both at the MFAH and at Rienzi, and curated or co-curated exhibitions on a range of material, much of it newly examined.
“When I first joined the MFAH, it was an ambitious regional museum with great aspirations and great leaders,” said Howe. “With those champions of the time, including Caroline Wiess Law, Isabel Wilson, Alfred Glassell, Carroll and Harris Masterson, and the Museum’s directors Peter Marzio and Gary Tinterow, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has joined the international stage.”
“I have had the privilege of having many chapters of my career in a single, renowned institution,” Howe added. “The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has been an incredibly fulfilling place to spend my professional life.”
Howe initially joined the Museum’s staff in 1975 as associate curator of the Bayou Bend Collection, became associate curator (in 1976) and then curator (in 1986) of decorative arts at the MFAH. In 1993 she was appointed founding director of Rienzi. In 2006 Howe was appointed director of the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, to oversee the Museum’s fellowship program for artists and writers. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York.
A COUTURE CAUSE LAUNCH PARTY AND FUNDRAISER
Daniel Ortiz Photography
Around 200 guests came to Station 3 on Jan. 21 for the third annual A Couture Cause launch party debuting its inaugural 2016 Trend Guide, a 50-page coffee table book featuring 25 of Houston’s brightest trendsetters including young entrepreneurs, philanthropists and artists who came together for charity. Co-created by local lifestyle blogger Lyndsey Zorich and photographer Traci Ling, the duo collaborated with Houston’s top designers and boutiques, including Tootsies, The Vintage Contessa, Atrium, and Monkees, to showcase their top 2016 fashion picks on an incredible group of models paired with iconic Houston landmarks.
Houston’s finest enjoyed a fun, fashion-forward evening supporting two local nonprofits, the Youth Hope Association and Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation. One hundred percent of the ticket sales, a silent auction and Perrier-Jouet champagne for $75 per glass all benefited the two charities, which raised more than $50,000.
Guests enjoyed wine and cocktails generously donated by Alma Rosa Winery, Absolute Elyx + Sweet and William Grant & Sons along with light bites by B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Chef Claire Rinaldi, Chef Will Gilcriest, B Pop and Events by Momo. The party goers departed with a copy of the coveted Trend Guide, but not before dancing the night away to tunes by jazz singer/pianist, Charlie Edwards, and
DJ Lewis Grell.
Houston Ground Angels’ Board of Directors has announced that its Volunteer of the Year 2015 is Paulette Blackburn, who completed over 430 missions since joining Houston Ground Angels on July 10, 2014.
Houston Ground Angels is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide complimentary ground transportation between area airports and the Medical Center for patients traveling to Houston for medical treatment.
“Recently, we honored the nine Ground Angels we call Archangels due to their completing 100-plus missions in 2015. Paulette has gone above and beyond with over 259 missions,” said Bill Barnes, organization president.
Blackburn learned about the Angels through a friend in New York who mentioned that her niece was coming to Houston for cancer treatments. Blackburn said, “I told my friend to have her call me, and I’d take her to lunch. When I met her, she said a Houston Ground Angel picked her up from the airport. Until then, I had not heard of this organization.”
Hundreds of thousands of people arrive in Houston from all over the country hoping to save their lives or the life of a loved one at Houston’s highly regarded medical facilities. Most come alone, or a parent comes with an ill child, and they do not know the city. Transportation is difficult and expensive for them. Houston Ground Angels relieves that difficulty by having volunteers pick them up at area public and private airports. In 2015, volunteers provided transportation for close to 3,000 patients.
For more information, visit houstongroundangels.org.