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“Changing Views” by Bill Frazier.

“Changing Views” by Bill Frazier.


Artists Joan Laughlin and Bill Frazier find inspiration from Houston, the city they call home. However, it is not the skylines, cityscapes or concrete that directly influence their work; rather, it is the separation from nature and the ways that nature seeps into our urban landscape that inform their work.

Joan’s small, extremely detailed work is featured in The Forest and the Trees, her exhibition in the Main Gallery. Joan uses the forms and lines found in the natural world to make paintings that hover between realism and abstraction. This vacillation mirrors our tenuous, often conflicted, relationship with Nature. In the Side Gallery, Bill Frazier’s The View From Here features recent paintings that examine landscape as image and language, and explore our shared cultural distance between landscape and nature.

This exhibit will be on display Sept. 3-29, at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5-7 p.m.


J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, an immersive theatrical adventure, will be performed in the Threesixty Theatre in the heart of the Galleria.

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, an immersive theatrical adventure, will be performed in the Threesixty Theatre in the heart of the Galleria.


Beginning Sept. 8, Houston audiences will experience Neverland in a whole new way with a spectacular innovative stage production of Peter Pan that combines intimate theater-in-the-round, overhead surround CGI projection, actors in dazzling flying sequences 40 feet in the air, and whimsical puppets that bring J.M. Barrie’s classic tale to fantastical life. This remarkable production takes place in the one-of-a-kind Threesixty Theatre, a state-of-the-art 100-foot high structure that is part tent and part luxurious world-class theatre. Conceived by an award-winning creative team, the beloved family tale will capture the imagination of adults and children alike.

Peter Pan is presented in partnership with the Society of Performing Arts and locally by the Houston Chronicle. The 1,500-seat luxurious theater structure will be erected on the Houston Chronicle’s property at 4747 Southwest Freeway in the southeast corner of U.S. 59 South and Loop 610. The show is performed up in the air, “in the round” and all around, creating a truly unique environmental theatrical experience.

Tickets are available online at PeterPan360.com, at The Society for the Performing Arts Box Office, at any Ticketmaster location or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit the website.


 brewmasters craft beer festival


Tap into your inner craftsman this Labor Day. Join fellow craft beer lovers Sept. 4-6 for the 6th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, voted by Thrillist as one of the top 10 beer festivals in the country, citing it as the best for international tastes. For beer enthusiasts from expert to novice, this foam-filled weekend features more than 400 craft beers, hard-to-find specialty brews, Taste it First selections and a range of innovative and educational beer events like BrewLicious Brews & Food Pairing, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, concerts and more. Located at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston. Visit brewmasterscraftbeerfestival.com for information and tickets.



The Houston History Alliance is hosting its fifth annual Houston History Conference on Saturday, Sept. 12 at MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Titled “On the Cusp of War: Houston in the 1860s,” the conference will address not only the social, institutional and economic changes in the Houston area as a result of the Civil War, but also address historical movements since the 1860 through presentations and discussions with Houston leadership, scholars, academics and the public. The format includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions with the choice of two or more panel presentations per session, and exhibits/interactive displays from local history and neighborhood organizations.

For more information, visit houstonhistoryalliance.org, email info@houstonhistoryalliance.org or call   713-828-3030.


Wendy Maruyama, Maasai Night and Sonje, 2014. Wood, string, paint.

Wendy Maruyama, Maasai Night and Sonje, 2014.
Wood, string, paint.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project, an exhibition that serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade Sept. 18 – Jan. 3 at 4848 Main Street. Through a moving installation of life-sized objects made from exotic woods and string and shrine-like forms made from steel and glass, the show makes a compelling case for the preservation of animals in the wild.

Furniture maker, artist and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years. While her early work combined ideologies of feminism and traditional craft objects, her newer work moves into the realm of social practice focusing on the endangerment of elephants, a cause that is very personal to the artist. She recently sojourned to Kenya and met with wildlife advocates to investigate the dangers of the continued poaching of these magnificent animals. The trip served as a source of inspiration for the artist to create a new body of work and incorporate a strong societal message.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, 5:30 – 8 p.m. The evening will also feature the opening of What Happened Today? and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists. An Artist Talk by Wendy Maruyama is Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.


The teen cast of Rent.

The teen cast of Rent.

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RENT, SEPT. 18-19

Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) presents the inspiring, all-teen production of Rent on Sept. 18-19 at The Hobby Center. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to direct the rock opera that impacted the whole world,” said director Bobby Linhart. “Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent is a complex journey that highlights many themes – community, survival, relationships and hope. The bohemian way of life and tuberculosis were at the center of Puccini’s opera. Larson’s tells the story of bohemian life in New York City’s East Village under the shadow of the HIV/AIDS virus.”

He added, “There are millions of people worldwide who are currently infected with HIV/AIDS and sadly, one of every four new cases in the United States is among youth ages 13-24. Our amazingly talented cast of students from the greater Houston area fits into this age bracket and is posed to bring its unique perspective to the characters.”

For tickets, which start at $24, and more information, visit TUTS.com/RENT.



The Houston Symphony will officially start its 2015-16 season of POPS, Family and Classical concerts in September.

The POPS season will kick off early in the month with The Music of the Beatles concert on Sept. 4, 5 and 6. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the program will feature the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and other favorites from the Beatles’ career. Finnish a cappella sextet Rajaton will be the featured vocalist in this presentation, providing a fresh take on the timeless songs. In their native Finland, Rajaton is viewed as a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.

The next weekend, a special preface to the Symphony’s classical season will feature world-famous violinist Joshua Bell at the Houston Symphony’s Opening Night. Led by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Bell will perform the West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra. The rest of the program allows the orchestra to shine in performances of Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Stravinsky’s Firebird suite.

The classical season will officially begin with performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on Sept. 17, 19 and 20. The orchestra will also perform the world premiere of the orchestral version of Stomp, composed by John Corigliano. During the concert, Corigliano will offer commentary from the stage alongside Orozco-Estrada as part of a newly-created On-Stage Insights with Andrés.

Young violinist Simone Porter will play Barber’s Violin Concerto on Sept. 25-27. Just 18 years old, Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra in her musical career. The rest of the concert will feature the work of Dvořák in both his Symphony No. 6 and selections from Symphonic Dances.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org.


This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs. Photo-Wilson Parish

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs. Photo-Wilson Parish


Houston’s restaurant community will come together Sept. 24 to form a culinary team like none other in support of ending chronic homelessness. The Beacon’s fifth anniversary of Come to the Table – Serving Hope to Houston’s Homeless, Body, Mind, and Soul is a two-part culinary event beginning at 6 p.m. at The Beacon Day Center, 1212 Prairie Street in downtown Houston. Proceeds will support The Beacon, a nonprofit that provides services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless.

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs who will execute an unforgettable wine-paired, four-course dinner prepared in the very kitchen that serves hundreds of Houston’s poor and homeless each day. Culinary masters include Randy Evans, director/executive chef for H-E-B Restaurants; Efisio Farris from Arcodoro; Philippe Gaston from Izakaya; Mark Holley from Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi from Kata Robata; Hugo Ortega and Ruben Ortega from Hugo’s, Backstreet Cafe, and Caracol; Mike Puccio from The Beacon; Fernando Rios from Weights and Measures; John Sheely from Mockingbird Bistro; and Claire Smith from Canopy, Shade, and Woodbar.

“There is something about sharing a meal that brings a community together,” says Beacon Executive Director Charly Weldon. “We are thrilled to have the support of Houston’s culinary community who recognize the importance of coming together for the common good – and embracing the mission of The Beacon.”

Event co-chairs Nancy and David Randall have planned an extraordinary evening which will begin with a cocktail reception alfresco in Nancy’s Garden where guests will enjoy light bites from Houston area restaurants and presentation of the 2015 Beacon of Light awards, given to volunteers who have been extraordinary servant leaders to The Beacon and its programs. The event will then move to The Beacon Day Center for a spectacular chef-inspired meal and live auction.

Individual tickets for the reception and dinner start at $500 with limited availability; tables of ten start at $5,000. For more information, visit BEACONhomeless.org.



The Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston Chapter (NPSOT-H) hosts a one-day Wildscapes Workshop and Native Plant Sale on Saturday Sep. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Houston Zoo Brown Education Center.

Speakers include Jim Blackburn, “Native Plants and a Livable Future: From the Practical to the Spiritual;” Jaime González, “Native to Where?: The Science, Geography, and Storytelling Potential of Truly Native Plants;” Joe Blanton, “Descriptions of Plants in the Plant Sale;” Valerie Bugh, “Digital Nature Journaling;” and Don DuBois, “Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants: How to make a Pocket Prairie in Your Backyard.”

Participants will learn about economic and environmental values of landscaping with native vegetation, including design aspects to win support of neighborhood homeowner associations. “Truly native plants have a distinct scientific meaning, ecological function, and open doors to connecting the general public to local ecosystems in meaningful ways,” stated Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Conservation Education Director Jaime González. Specific plants will be described for usefulness in terms of providing habitat for butterflies, birds, and other backyard creatures, and explore how to capture those creatures digitally and share discoveries with others.

The workshop will feature entry to the Houston Zoo, field trip, lunch, refreshments, exhibits, door prizes, and a nature book sale. The Native Plant Sale, open at 11:45 a.m. for workshop attendees, will feature many hard-to-find natives including six native milkweed species. From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the plant sale will be open to the public. Registration is $35 for members, $40 non-member early bird registration, and $50 for all registering after Sept. 12. Register online at npsot.org/wp/houston/. This event is sponsored by NPSOT-H, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Houston Zoo. For more information, call 832-859-9252.



The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the American Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer months (June, July and August). The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd. Networking begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. There is a charge for dinner. For information and to RSVP, visit houstoncivilwar.com.


Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1951, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1951, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

SEPT. 20-JAN. 24

In September, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the sole U.S. venue to present Mark Rothko: A Retrospective , a definitive retrospective that draws upon the unrivaled holdings of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Long recognized as among the foremost figures of the Abstract Expressionist vanguard, Mark Rothko (1903–1970) embraced the possibility of beauty in pure abstraction with a painterly eloquence that gave a new voice to American art. Across a career spanning the most troubled years of the 20th century, Rothko explored the tragic and the sublime, and his canvases remain a testament to the deep humanism he brought to modern painting. More than 60 paintings will trace his full career arc and highlight milestones in the development of his signature style.

Mark Rothko: A Retrospective will be on view in Houston from Sept. 20-Jan. 24 at 1001 Bissonnet. For more information, visit mfah.org or call 713-639-7300.



Are you interested in genealogy?  Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the War Between the States?

If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday of every month at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or cintex08@hotmail.com.


A 35th Birthday Bash will be celebrated all day by Children’s Museum of Houston on Sept. 5.

A 35th Birthday Bash will be celebrated all day by Children’s Museum of Houston on Sept. 5.


Children’s Museum of Houston’s 35th Birthday Bash, Sept. 5 – The Children’s Museum of Houston will celebrate 35 years of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a day-long celebration including live perform­­­ances, “Happy Birthday” singing, birthday cake, DJ dance party and birthday games. Free admission will be given to the first 35 children to arrive from Sept. 5-30. Parents who are 35 years old will also receive free admission (with valid ID).

Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 12 – Celebrate Mexico’s independence day with a reenactment of the “Grito de Dolores” or Father Hidalgo’s cry for liberty. Don’t miss ballet folklórico and take a “trip” to Yalálag: A Mountain Village in México exhibit.

Nutrition Expo, Sept. 19 – Discover what’s yummy for the tummy and learn cool facts about the fuel your body needs to get up and go. There will be food tastings, learning healthy recipes and even on-site dietitians.

Home School Day, Sept. 21 – For one day only, home schooled students will have exclusive access to all 14 galleries of non-stop, action-packed fun. Home school students will explore science, technology, history, culture, health, environment and engineering hands-on at the ultimate Playground for your Mind.

How Does It Work? Exhibit Unveiling, Sept. 25 – This old-time favorite exhibit will reveal a revamped new look and exciting components including airwaves, ball coasters, and an all-new Science Station.

Mid-Autumn Fest, Sept. 27 – Revel in the majesty of the moon and the joys of the harvest as the Museum celebrates the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival. This fun exhibit will pay tribute to children and Houston’s Vietnamese and Asian community with activities and live performances, including lion dancers and mooncake tastings.

For more information on any of these events, visit cmhouston.org.



The Classical Theatre Company (CTC), located at 4617 Montrose Blvd., has announced the lineup for its 2015-2016 Mainstage Season. As the only professional theatre company in Texas that solely produces classical drama on a year-round basis, CTC only produces plays that are 100 or more years old. The season production schedule is:

Oct. 14-Nov. 1 – Henry V by William Shakespeare;

Feb. 3-Feb. 26 – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen; and April 6-24 – The Birds by Aristophanes.

In addition, CTC will also offer a return engagement of the critically acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Dec. 2-24.

Visit classicaltheatre.org/tickets for tickets and more details.


Participants in last year’s Rooftop Yoga event practice powerful “U” postures to help raise funds and awareness about uterine cancer. Photo- USEROFREALITY.COM

Participants in last year’s Rooftop Yoga event practice powerful “U” postures to help raise funds and awareness about uterine cancer. Photo- USEROFREALITY.COM


On Sunday, Sept. 20, from 6-9 p.m., Peach Outreach, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to raise awareness about uterine/endometrial and other gynecologic cancers as well as funds for research, will hold its third annual “it’s all about U” Rooftop Yoga Under the Stars event on the roof of Noel Furniture located at US 59 at Kirby.

Rooftop yoga is the group’s annual awareness event that typically draws more than 400 people in the greater Houston area to the roof of Noel Furniture to practice yoga together and enjoy some fun and community. Funds raised will benefit the MD Anderson Uterine Cancer Research Program.

Event organizer, yoga teacher and uterine cancer survivor Marcy Kurtz said, “This event is our major annual awareness event. We not only have a large local crowd attending, but the publicity through social and other media surrounding this event allow us to carry our message to a global audience. Our attendance goal this year is 500 participants.”

In addition to a yoga class led by local teachers and celebrity yogi Bethany Lyons of Lyon’s Den Power Yoga in New York City, other event happenings include live music by Emancipated Soul Movement, food trucks (Tila’s and FrioHana), great give-aways from Athleta and other local vendors, swag bags for all participants, sales of Devotional Darling jewelry, pre- and post-yoga mini-massages on the rooftop and door prizes awarded throughout the evening.

Visit peachoutreach.com for more information about the organization. Go to eventbrite.com/e/its-all-about-u-2015-registration-17558239166 to register for the event.


Sunny McKinnon and Ted Cowart in front of Ted’s work, Leaves on Pond II.

Sunny McKinnon and Ted Cowart in front of Ted’s work, Leaves on Pond II.

OCT. 3

associations: land and water, the newest show at Arden’s Gallery, celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Texas Gulf Coast. In spirited oils and soft-spoken pastels, Ted Cowart and Sunny McKinnon depict the beauty of the terrain in a collection of landscapes that are at once individual in style and yet harmonious in color and sensibility. Having worked together for many years, Ted and Sunny collaborated to create a series of paintings that capture their impressions of the Gulf Coast.

Ted, with paintings ranging from representational to abstract in style, works in oil to capture the reflective quality of Texas waters. Colors applied with spirit in loose, bold brushstrokes offer three-dimensional views of quiet ponds, flowing streams and gentle bayous. On some paintings, the water rushes across the canvas, on others it is calm. One sees the tranquility below – and also glimpses the objects that float gracefully on the surface.

Sunny makes use of pastels to create a collection of spare, simplified landscapes. Colors describe the mood of the place, abstracting the view and dictating a very personal interpretation of the work.

Associations: land and water opens Saturday, Oct. 3 at Arden’s Gallery at River Oaks, 2143 Westheimer, Suite B, Houston.. For more information, call 713-371-6333 or visit ardensgallery.com.



Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of O Columbia, a chamber opera created by an acclaimed team of artists – composer Gregory Spears, librettist Royce Vavrek, stage director Kevin Newbury, and conductor Timothy Myers – on Sept. 23-24 at 8 p.m. at the Bayou Music Center. O Columbia examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration and celebrates the identity of America’s frontiersmen and women. The opera will be HGO’s 57th world premiere.

Informed by interviews with astronauts, engineers, shuttle mission trainers, and others from the NASA community, the chamber opera in three acts explores the cultural fascination with space and introduces historical events of exploration as touchstones.

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 713-230-1600. For more information, visit HGO.org.



On Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. the public is invited to attend the Sisters Network Inc. 2015 Pink Angel Awards Luncheon and Style Show benefiting the Breast Cancer Assistance Program.

Honorary chairs for this year’s event are Dr. John Stanford and Judy Foston Stanford, with co-chairs Caleen Allen and Shawntell McWilliams.

The luncheon and style show will be held at the Westin Galleria Houston located at 5060 West Alabama. For more information, call 713-781-0255.


The TUTS production schedule includes Bonnie and Clyde, Oct. 1-4.

The TUTS production schedule includes Bonnie and Clyde, Oct. 1-4.


Murderous bank-robbing lovers, holiday grump meets Little Match Girl, tiaras the size of Texas and the ultimate teenage popularity contest (hair scrunchies included) – TUTS Underground’s 2015/16 season delivers new theatrical productions never seen before in Houston. TUTS Underground, Theatre Under The Stars’ alternative and contemporary series, announces the new season running in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

“I am excited to announce the innovative musicals that we have lined up for the third season of TUTS Underground – A Theatre Revolution,” says TUTS’ artistic director, Bruce Lumpkin. “This year, we continue to uphold and expand our original mission – to bring revolutionary, edgy and affordable musicals to Houston. We want to enrich the local artistic community by continuing to produce relevant musical theatre, incubating new works and staging unique, pioneering shows that will set the scene for musical theatre of the future.”

The production schedule is as follows: Bonnie & Clyde, Oct. 1-4; Striking 12, Dec. 17-20; Sweet Potato Queens, March 17-20; Heathers The Musical, April 28 – May 1. For full details or to subscribe, visit TUTS.com.


SEPT. 25

Baylor College of Medicine and Neiman Marcus Houston Galleria are delighted to announce the Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut and Luncheon, Friday, Sept. 25 benefiting the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor. Celebrating the event’s fifth year, the Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut will pay tribute to one of Houston’s most beloved philanthropists, Jan Duncan, whose life has been dedicated to serving the greater Houston community.

Stiletto Strut Luncheon chair Megan Hotze, along with co-chairs Shelly Smith Hendry and Limor Smith, are leading the charge to the event which is expected to draw more than 500 guests. Since its inception, the event has raised over $1 million to support critical breast cancer research at Baylor.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a champagne reception in the Shoe Salon at Neiman Marcus Houston Galleria, followed by a short strut to the Westin Galleria Ballroom for a luncheon and style show featuring the top runway collections presented by premier luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus.   Dominique Sachse of KPRC Local 2 will serve as event emcee. Highlights of the event include a raffle and the presentation of the C. Kent Osborne Medical Excellence Award which will be presented to Mothaffar Rimawi, M.D., medical director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center.

Proceeds from the Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut will benefit the life-saving patient care being delivered today at the Smith Breast Center and accelerate efforts under way to find a cure for tomorrow. The Smith Breast Center is a major component of Baylor’s Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated center that brings together research, patient care for all cancers, education, and outreach activities from Baylor and its affiliated hospitals to advance the fight against cancer.

To register or for more information, please contact Melanie McClain at 713-798-4852, or visit bcm.edu/giving/get-involved/breast-cancer-volunteers/stiletto-strut.


allegro ballet auditions


Allegro Ballet of Houston is holding auditions for its 14th annual full-length production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Sept. 26. Three performances will be held at Taylor High School in Katy on Dec.19-20.

Auditions will be held at Allegro Academy of Dance 12680 Goar Rd. in Houston and are open to dancers city-wide, ages 7 and up, both boys and girls.

Seven- and 8-year-olds should report to audition from 2-3 p.m.; 9- through 11-year-olds should report from 3-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up from 4-5 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your spot, call 281-496-4670.


Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”


The public is invited to join the 6th Annual Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair.” Returning as presenting sponsor, Wealth Design Group partners with the American Cancer Society for this exclusive evening on Oct. 17 at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley featuring a creative fashion show and a dress code of all-white attire.

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the event, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45, and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: ‘It looks like breast cancer.’ A biopsy confirmed I had invasive lobular sarcoma, stage 2. I joined this committee last year to help others, but never imagined I’d face cancer myself. After the diagnosis, my ex-husband called ACS on my behalf. They called to offer me a free wig and invited me to a support group. Volun­teering is now so personal. I know firsthand the difference that ACS makes! On April 6, I underwent a 9-hour bilateral mastectomy. I wasn’t ready for this road bump but will continue living every day to the fullest!”

Amy says, “As co-chairs, we’re thankful for ACS, this committee and the support of our stellar community. Cancer shows up unannounced and disregards who you are or what you have planned… no one is immune. Our Couture for the Cause committee is determined to help fight this vicious disease. Never underestimate what your support can do!”

For information or to sponsor, contact Valerie Marun at 713-706-5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org.


The mission of Heifer International is to end local, as well as global, hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

The mission of Heifer International is to end local, as well as global, hunger and poverty and care for the earth.


On Oct. 18, from 2-4 p.m., Heifer International will host Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change at the Houston Arboretum. This free event will feature delicious locally sourced food crafted by Chef Soren Pedersen, sustainably and ethically sourced ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, and a market of Fair Trade goods from Ona Mission. In addition, Heifer International staff will speak about Heifer’s work here in the U.S. to fight hunger and poverty in our own backyard. There will be a variety of activities for children and adults and plenty of time to enjoy the Arboretum. This event is a celebration of the past 71 years of Heifer International’s work to end global hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Since 1944, Heifer has worked with more than 20.7 million families in more than 160 countries to craft self-sustaining solutions to poverty including providing livestock, education and training about sustainable farming, and even more importantly, hope for the future. For more information, visit heifer.org.


Houston Construction Industry Charities will again honor local veterans at its 5th Annual Guitars N' Cars Auto Show.

Houston Construction Industry Charities will again honor local veterans at its 5th Annual Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show.


Start your engines and save the date for the Houston Construction Industry Charities’ fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show & VIP Benefit. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Sam Houston Race Park. This big Houston family event is all about classic cars, vintage guitars and veterans, with funds raised once again benefiting U.S.VETS-Houston.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show, which is open to the public and runs until 6 p.m., showcasing American classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle machines and cars galore. It’s a rain or shine, family-friendly gathering, with live music and a free kids zone, featuring boxcar derby races, a sand pit, bounce houses and games. The Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit, from 6-10 p.m., is an adult-only celebration, with live music, a presentation of some of the rarest and most historic guitar collections in the country courtesy of Fuller’s Guitar, silent and live auctions and dinner and a “Top 40” display of celebrated motorcars.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (or free with a donated item from the needs list). Car entry registration in the Auto Show is $25. Tickets to the evening Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit are $50. Visit hcias.com, for full details, call 281-356-5777 or email Kaleigh at kclunn@clunnacoustical.com.



The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will host its fourth annual fundraising luncheon and fashion presentation, “What to Wear to that Equestrian Affaire,” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at one of Houston’s most exclusive private venues.

ABC-13 anchor Ilona Carson will serve as emcee for the second consecutive year. The women’s fashion presenter this year is David Peck USA, and the men’s fashion presenter is LUCHO. David Peck USA is a full scale American Fashion House, specializing in clothing design, manufacturing, and fashion brand development. David Peck USA is located in the Upper Kirby/River Oaks neighborhood. LUCHO is a men’s boutique that offers a wide range of products and custom-made clothing, from suits and sports coats to ties and cufflinks. LUCHO also offers high-end women’s shoes made in Brazil. LUCHO is located in Uptown Park.

Alexis Caruselle, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show executive committee member, and Hector Villarreal, owner of LUCHO, are serving as event co-chairs. Both are also members of The Young Pin Oak Club. Models will include Pin Oak Charity Horse Show sponsors, competitors and supporters as well as representatives of Houston-area media organizations.

Individual tickets and sponsored tables for the fashion luncheon event are available for purchase. Sponsor benefits vary based on the level of financial commitment. In-kind support is also welcomed and appreciated.

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 713-621-6290, visit pinoak.org or email info@pinoak.org.


Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue.

Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue. (SHANNON O’HARA)

OCT. 23-24

Barkitecture Houston returns for its 7th year to GreenStreet (located at 1201 Fannin in Houston’s Central Business District), Oct. 23-24. The annual doghouse design event, benefitting Pup Squad Animal Rescue, will feature one-of-a-kind, custom-built doghouses for sale – all created by teams composed of local artists, designers and architecture firms from the Bayou City. While bidding on these artful creations, event-goers also will enjoy “Yappy Hour” complete with live music, raffle prizes and other free entertainment scattered across The Lawn in GreenStreet’s central block. Deborah Duncan will serve as this year’s Yappy Hour M.C, and Diane Caplan, Neal Hamil and Alicia Smith will serve as co-chairs.

Entries are open to builders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, engineers, contractors, students, artists and creative individuals. Teaming up with other design professionals in your company, firm or network is highly recommended. The competition gives you a chance to showcase your creative skills and improve the quality of life for companion animals and people in our community. They’re looking for the most innovative entries – not only design savvy, but functional and fun.

To enter a doghouse, visit greenstreetdowntown.com/barkitecture-call-to-entry and download an application. Dog house entries will be displayed on Oct. 23-24 on The Lawn, an outdoor entertainment green space located in the project’s middle block, where it also will be judged and auctioned during the two-day event.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but a voluntary donation directly benefitting Pup Squad is welcomed. Onsite event parking also is available in the attached garage located at 1301 Main Street, with entrances located at the corner of Polk and Fannin. For more information. visit greenstreetdowntown.com.



The 19th annual Art on the Avenue, benefiting Avenue CDC, is Houston’s largest silent art auction, featuring original artwork and jewelry from over 250 local artists. An auction party is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 from 6 -10 p.m. at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. A framed and signed Picasso print will be raffled at the event.

Every purchase supports local artists as well as affordable housing initiatives that benefit low-income Houston families and neighborhoods. Joe Havel, director of Glassell School of Art, is curator for the main gallery of this lively exhibition and sale.

Avenue CDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing communities and improving the quality of life for low-income residents by creating high-quality affordable housing options and fostering community engagement that leads to positive change.

The public is also invited to a preview party on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 -9 p.m. Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 at the door; tables starting at $2,000. For more information, visit avenuecdc.org.

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