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HHH is back!!!

Due to an unplanned medical leave, HHH has been offline for the past several weeks. We have a lot to catch up for our readers, and will especially be honoring the philanthropic events over the last few months in the upcoming issues.

HHH would like to thank the exemplary medical team of Dr. Michael Coselli and his staff, Dr. Ben Teh and his staff, and Dr. Jenny Chang, for their excellent care.

Last but definitely not least, HHH wants to wish a belated, but heartfelt congratulations to HHH’s fabulous social media director and writer, Ali Valach, who married Thomas Greenhalgh.



Eight Row Flint

Eight Row Flint is a great place to grab drinks with friends because of the unique menu offerings as well as the laid back atmosphere and the patio. Even on chillier days, the patio at Eight Row Flint is still a popular hotspot in the Heights because they have heaters and gas fires to keep the customers warm. The drink menu at Eight Row Flint is filled with specialty cocktails along with whiskey flights.

One of the best specialty cocktails is the Eight Row Frosé, which is a delightful frozen drink. If you get hungry while having a few beverages at Eight Row Flint, you can order from their taco truck, which offers some delicious options including nachos and of course, tacos.

1039 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77008
https://www.agricolehospitality.com/eight-row-flint/

By Ali Valach Greenhalgh



Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s Steakhouse is a restaurant that brings the atmosphere of Vegas to Houston. The restaurant has live music seven nights a week, and it offers a large lounge and extravagant décor including large chandeliers and mirrors. Even though Mastro’s is a restaurant, it also feels like it is a dance club with bathroom attendants and the personal items available in the bathrooms. When it comes to dining at Mastro’s, be sure to bring your reading glasses because the print on the menu is very small. However, the menu includes a large selection of appetizers, steaks, seafood, side dishes and even sushi. The smoked salmon appetizer is delicious and is large enough to share among a group. A side dish that is a must try is the Alaskan King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi. This gnocchi is rich and flavorful and could even be made into an entrée. When you are ready to try some gnocchi that you won’t forget, be sure to make a reservation because Mastro’s is quickly becoming a hotspot for Houstonians.

1650 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
https://www.mastrosrestaurants.com

By Ali Greenhalgh



Quick Fix Tailoring

If you are in need of a great alterations place or are desperately trying to get something hemmed or repaired quickly, Quick Fix is the place to go! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and they work to make sure that you are completely happy with your alterations. They can do everything from altering bridesmaid dresses to changing a floor length dress to a short one. In order to ensure customer satisfaction, Quick Fix actually takes photos of the customer on an iPad in the clothing item prior to alterations. This helps them to have a visual when it comes to altering the clothing. Another great thing about Quick Fix is that they are willing to do several fitting sessions and will continue to alter the garment at no additional cost until the customer is completely happy.

3912 North Shepherd
Houston, TX 77018 713-227-0995

By Ali Greenhalgh


Have you been to this new H-town hot spot??

Hotel ZaZa Celebrates Opening With Splashy Retro Party More Than 700 Guests Experienced New Memorial City Hotel

Hotel ZaZa Memorial City threw open its tony new doors with a mid-century style bash Thursday, Feb. 15, welcoming more than 700 guests to Houston’s best new hotel, restaurant and spa. Nostalgia with a modern twist was around every luxurious corner and guests were encouraged to, “Escape, Explore and Experience,” the hotel and its amenities, starting with Bubble Berry champagne cocktails at The Tipping Point Restaurant and Lounge. Poolside partiers were delighted to discover a mermaid swimming in a martini glass while snapping pictures on the beachy patio turned Veuve Clicquot hot spot. Guests also strolled through the Magnificent 7 Suites, each themed with extras such as special music, cocktails and desserts.

Flight crew greeting guests

The hub of the party was on the fifth floor Great Expectations ballroom where performers from J&D Entertainment kept the crowd on its toes with Las Vegas style performers including DJ Kenny Flip playing with an electric violinist and burlesque dancers. A parade of ZaZa staff amped the party atmosphere with sparklers and light up wands at 10 p.m. making the packed house forget it was a school night. “There’s nothing like a ZaZa party,” Matthew Nuss, President of Hotel Operations. “This was a celebration we’ve been looking forward to since we opened December 1. It has been an absolute privilege to share with our guests and friends.”

 




Houston Philanthrophy

Society for the Performing Arts Announces Retirement of
President and CEO June Christensen in December 2018

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) announced that June Christensen, long-time SPA President and CEO, has advised SPA’s board of directors that she will retire at the end of 2018. Christensen joined SPA in 1989 and was promoted to her current position in 2007. On behalf of SPA’s board of directors, Board Chair Theresa Einhorn issued the following statement: “The board is deeply grateful to June for her talent and dedication during her years with SPA. Under her leadership, SPA has played a strong and vital role in the Houston arts community and has grown its mission to serve the city of Houston and reflect its diversity. The board will conduct a national search for new leadership of the organization.”
She has been curating SPA’s seasons of events since October 2007. Christensen’s current role as CEO involves programming, fundraising, board cultivation and development and strategic planning. Her expertise in artist relations has also helped to develop long-term relationships with performers and agents all over the world. Christensen was instrumental in developing SPA’s education and outreach component in the Greater Houston area in the early 1990s. Over the years, she has cultivated many community partnerships for SPA, including High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Episcopal High School and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, which is the site for the “SPA at the J” master class dance series.
“This job, or more accurately, this calling, has been the dream of a lifetime, offering the extraordinary opportunity to witness Houston’s evolving diversity, and then curate art from all over the world to bring diversity home to the performance stage,” says Christensen. “I’m also gratified that I could help establish an educational outreach program in Houston that has enriched the lives of people of all ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds through the performing arts. I will miss the excitement, but I am looking ahead to the next phase of my life. I look forward to working with the Board, and our great SPA team, to help transition over the year."

As the champagne flowed, Italian dancers performed in the courtyard, the DJ played classic Italian music to set the “Spicy Sicilian” theme, and Hahn Tran created art representative of The Vintage Contessa. An ornate cake and birthday toast and song led by Donae’s husband Rob, helped the crowd wish The Vintage Contessa a happy 50th. In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to donate to KNOWAutism. Event underwriters included Bentley Houston and Toulouse Café and Bar, both of which are also donating silent auction items to the upcoming KNOWAutism Gala in February 2018.


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Mariam Khalili Appointed
Managing Director of Houston Chamber Choir

The Board of Directors of the Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to announce the appointment of Mariam Khalili as its Managing Director. Khalili has extensive experience in managing, marketing and fundraising for performing arts nonprofits in Houston. Most recently Khalili was Executive Director of Opera in the Heights. In that capacity, she drafted and executed an emergency appeal soliciting individual gifts, raising more money for the company in five weeks than had been raised in any fiscal year in the company’s history for individual giving. Houston Chamber Choir Board President William McKenzie, who chaired the search committee, eagerly anticipates the positive impact she will have on the Choir. "We are delighted to welcome Ms. Khalili to the Houston Chamber Choir and look forward to employing the breadth and depth of her experience to take the Choir into its next stage of growth." Khalili is equally enthusiastic. “Houston Chamber Choir is poised for even greater artistic accomplishments in the coming years, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team,” she says. “The board and staff are composed of smart and talented individuals, who have a shared vision for our organization. I hope to build on its already stellar reputation to help take Houston Chamber Choir to new heights.” For more information about Houston Chamber Choir, go to houstonchamberchoir.org or call 713-224-5566.

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Bayou Preservation Association and Student Conservation Association Conduct Stream Corridor Restoration Project
at Japhet Creek Nature Park

Students from Carnegie Vanguard High School plant hundreds of native plants to stabilize creek banks, ward off erosion, and to increase biodiversity



Jade Janigan, Nicholas Garde, Erik Lopez, Sarah Khalil

The Bayou Preservation Association and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) teamed up recently with students from Carnegie Vanguard High School (CVHS) in HISD for a stream corridor restoration project at Japhet Creek Nature Park in a small east Houston neighborhood. Twenty students planted more than 200 native plants including Wood Fern, Tropical sage, Loblolly Pine, Turk’s Cap, Giant Cane and more to advance a project initiated earlier by Bayou Preservation Association. The effort is part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to SCA designed to “increase environmental literacy, promote environmental stewardship and positively influence consumptive behavior among CVHS students, by providing them with water conservation and protection education.”

Ian Shelton, SCA Crew Member

Ian Shelton, SCA Crew Member The project also entailed removing invasive, exotic plant species and planting native flora to deter bank erosion and establish a healthier habitat in this City of Houston park. Japhet Creek feeds into Buffalo Bayou. Students in Carnegie Vanguard’s AP Environmental Science and Wildlife Studies classes and members of the National Honor Society donned gloves and employed shovels and spades to dig holes for the new plants. Also joining the students for the three-hour project was Pre-AP biology teacher Jamie Scott, who gave guidance and imparted knowledge about the ecosystem. Additionally, Ruckstuhl, habitat restoration technicians David and Helen Handley and SCA’s Valeria De Casas and Ian Shelton provided instruction and assistance. “The collaboration between the Student Conservation Association and Bayou Preservation Association is invaluable in giving students hands-on experience and practical knowledge about our waterways and how invasive, exotic plant species are detrimental to areas in and around the water,” says De Casas, SCA’s program coordinator. “These young people are learning about bayou stewardship from the experts at Bayou Preservation Association, whose mission is to restore the natural richness of bayous and streams. I’m proud of the kids’ commitment to improving our environment one project at a time.”

Photos courtesy of Bayou Preservation Association.

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Camp Hope Clays Classic

Lupe Tortilla hosted guests at the Greater Houston Gun Club for the Camp Hope Clays Classic and raised $300,000 for the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope. The day was filled with delicious food provided by Lupe Tortilla, friendly competition during the clay shoot competition and shooting games, and unique demonstrations by HPD’s Special Operations Group. The event concluded with a bang as guests enjoyed a cocktail and dinner reception with live music from The Guzzlers. Houston-based radio personality, Shara Fryer, served as the mistress of ceremonies, which included a silent auction and live auction. Since inception in 2015, the Camp Hope Clays Classic has raised $1 million for PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope.

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Bo’s Place Opens the Gate for Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes

Megan Hotze, Christine A. Moore, Hannah McNair

There was no better way to welcome the first day of spring than at Tootsies Thursday March 1, with custom hat designer Christine A. Moore for the kickoff of the upcoming Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes benefiting Bo’s Place. Floral fascinators, flouncy over-sized hats and whimsical hats topped with faux macaroons delighted the crowd of 60 women gathered for the mid-morning fete. The wildly popular Kentucky Derby event was chaired by Megan and Luke Hotze and Hannah and Cal McNair on Saturday, May 5. Tootsies styled Derby Day looks complemented by Moore’s hats for the fashion presentation. Bo’s Place exists to offer support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. A non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, Bo’s Place offers multiple grief support services for adults, children and families, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief.





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May 25

Registration Deadline is May 25 for Ballet Hispánico Summer
Intensive Presented by Society for the Performing Arts

Intensive is from June 4 – 15 and is open to dancers in grades 6 – 12.

The Education and Community Engagement department of Society for the Performing Arts presents the 2018 Ballet Hispánico Summer Intensive from June 4 – 15 at Episcopal High School. The deadline for registration is May 25. The two-week residency is designed to serve the needs of emerging dancers in the Houston community and supports a 360-degree approach to the development of the dancer.

The program will be rigorous and dynamic in the tradition of Ballet Hispánico’s signature fusion of classical ballet, contemporary, and folkloric dance forms. The intensive has been curated to satisfy the cultivation of technique, versatility in the fusion of forms and disciplines, and the education of families and dancers to understand how to navigate a dancer’s life.

Dancers in grades 6 – 12 are invited to register. The intensive is split into two sections, a Junior High Intensive (grades 6 – 8) and a Pre-Professional Intensive (grades 9 – 12). Class placement will take place the first day to ensure each participant is placed in the appropriate level group.

Episcopal High School
4650 Bissonnet
St. Bellaire, TX 77401

Junior High Intensive Cost: $150 (Early Bird)/ $175 (Regular)
Pre-Professional Intensive Cost: $275
For information on financial scholarships, please email education@spahouston.org.

May 25

Levy Park Conservancy presents The Incredibles for Family Movie Night May 25, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital

Come on out for Family Movie Night at Levy Park on May 25, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital. From Pixar and Walt Disney come The Incredibles. Once one of the world's top masked crime fighters, Bob Parr – known to all as "Mr. Incredible" – fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis. Now 15 years later, Bob and his wife Helen--a famous superhero in her own right--have adopted civilian identities and retreated to the suburbs to live normal lives with their three kids. He’s a bored, clock-punching insurance claims adjuster with a bulging waistline. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. You should recognize the voices of Craig T. Nelson (Bob) and Holly Hunter, (Helen) as well as Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee. Family Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month. The crowd is invited to dress in their favorite superhero costume. No outside furniture is allowed, but blankets or park chairs can be used.







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