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May 2016 - Houston

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Instant ENERGY Art Notes B leary-eyed, you drag yourself out of bed, remembering all the fun you had last night. Dehydrated, you reach for a bottle of Fiji water and a couple of aspirin. But wait. Before you self-medicate, there's a quick fix — provided you're not squeamish about needles. Whether you had one too many cocktails, are jet-lagged after a transatlantic flight or just feel tuckered out from the gym, the new ThrIVe Drip Spa can — in 45 minutes or less — hydrate you from head to toe while delivering a hefty dose of vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into your bloodstream. While there are eight IV drips to choose from, I did as many do and customized mine, creating a tincture of Dr. Myers vitamin drip (made famous years ago by the late Johns Hopkins doctor for whom it's named) and the beauty drip, which promises to tighten and brighten my every pore. I was admittedly put off by having an IV inserted into my hand, so the RN on duty happily inserted the needle in my arm. For about 40 minutes, a bag of fluid hung beside my armchair and ottoman, delivering into my body a powerful punch of vitamins B complex and C, calcium, B12, B6, magnesium and more — all absorbed more quickly at the cellular level than my daily handful of gummy vitamins. Curious to try the chilly cryosauna, I booked an appointment the next morning. Cryotherapy is purported to aid in weight loss, muscle recovery, pain management and even skin tightening; I'm told it can also boost your metabolism and jump-start your immune system, all while burning 500 to 800 calories following your session. In all of 10 minutes, the cryochamber was filled with liquid nitrogen, which vaporizes as it hits the air, cooling the capsule down to between -160 and -220 degrees Fahrenheit. Preparation involves stripping down to your skivvies and protecting your extremities with socks, down slippers and heavy insulated gloves before you step into the chamber, where your head and neck are lifted to avoid direct exposure to the jarring cold. Sessions last from 30 seconds to 3 minutes (or as long as you can stand it). Miraculously I managed to stay for three minutes, teeth chattering. I stepped out feeling completely invigorated with energy akin to downing a shot of espresso — an effect that lasted for hours. Monthly memberships are available. A cyrotherapy session is $20 for first- timers, $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Injectables from Sculptura to Botox, Voluma to Juvederm Ultra Plus are also administered in this doctor-supervised spa owned by Dr. Eugene Lou, an orthopedic surgeon with Memorial Hermann Hospital. ThrIVe Drip Spa, 1014 Wirt Road, 832.977.0480, Laurann Claridge T wo Houston artists have a way with paper, creating allusions to the antique while incorporating timeworn ephemera; their now-on-view works are among the must- see exhibitions for May. Catherine D. Anspon Jerry Jeanmard, the design maestro at the top of the pedigreed firm Wells Design/Jerry Jeanmard, made a foray back to graphic design — his early calling — with a well-received exhibition at Moody Gallery in 2014, accompanied by the collectible volume Paper People. Now Jeanmard's "Paper People" is winging it to London, showcased in his international debut at Rebecca Hossack. This exhibition continues the artist's passionate 50-plus-year obsession with all manner of paper. His media encompasses "newsprint, graph paper, kraft paper, wrapping paper, book paper, construction paper, any paper plain or printed — I'm a sucker for it all … It's very rewarding to begin with very little preconception and watch these motley scraps take on an identity of their own," notes the designer/collagist. "Jerry Jeanmard: PaperPeople" at Rebecca Hossack, Charlotte St., London, May 4 – 28. Russell Prince, a hometown talent who has exhibited at the Menil Bookstore and The Jung Center, solos at Devin Borden Gallery, presenting recent collages which could pass for works by a mid-century master. Formed from disassembled, repurposed book jackets and spines, they exude a post-cubist, geometric vibe and often bear subtle text fragments. Stoic and handsome, Prince's timeless collages allude to the palpable presence of the past. "Russell Prince" at Devin Borden Gallery, May 6 – June 18. Collage Kings L et There Be Light: Houston talent James Ciosek plays around with plastic films, the concept of chaos and deep-space exploration. His unearthly sculptural light-based creations signal an "Opalescent Order" at Zoya Tommy Gallery (May 7 – 28). Going Underground: The bowels of the earth are the subject for internationally exhibited NYC-based Donald Lipski — the perfect artist to take on the pubic art project for The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park. The unveiling of the underground artwork within the century-old architectural ruin is set for Tuesday, May 10. Dinner in the Field: Reserve your place for the first-ever dinner at the remarkable studio of Nestor Topchy. The Sundown Supper Benefit Sunday, June 5, will be prepared by chef Ara Malekian, inspired by bounty from Urban Harvest. The evening funds Topchy's visionary endeavor to drop shipping containers along the bayou and create an immersive environment incorporating performance, studios, art and farmers markets and even a women's health clinic run by Baylor College of Medicine. (Tickets $250,, Time Travel: Silver Street Studios-headquartered Justin Garcia is mining time travel, industrial relics, string theory and other arcane scientific theories. See his latest canvases, alongside intriguing diagrams of the universe (May 12 – 26, talk Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm). Did You Say Degas?: The most cerebral and modern of the Impressionists gallops to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, come October for "Degas: A New Vision," the first look in three decades at the ground-breaking painter whose views of modern life paired with oblique angles reflect the influence of Japanese woodblocks as well as the then-new media of photography (October 16 – January 8). The MFAH is the only American venue for this blockbuster, which also includes rare photographs made by the artist, circa 1895, and Degas' sumptuous and often psychologically probing paintings. MFAH director Gary Tinterow contributes a catalog essay and also serves as the exhibition's co-curator, while the MFAH co-organizes with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. XX for Miz Tish: Gallerist Anya Tish toasts 20 years in the biz with "XX#1" (through May 28). Back-to- back anniversary shows extend to the summer, also serving up a bit of Houston art history. Don't miss H.J. Bott's timeless late '70s canvas, an ode to his Displacement of Volume principles. Road Trip: If you're Austin bound, make tracks to former Houston architect Troy Campa's new space, CamibaArt in the Flatbed complex. McKay Otto continues his trans- dimensional paintings in the ethereally titled "Ever or Ever" (through May 14). Archetypes + the New Surreal: Becky Soria, a Houston painter who deserves greater recognition, presents her feminist take on the myth of the earth mother, at the perfect venue: The Jung Center (May 3 – 31, reception Saturday, May 7) … Venice Biennale-exhibited sculptor Katrina Moorhead, one of the best ever from the crop of Glassell School Core Fellows, solos at longtime dealer Inman Gallery in "The Stars and Us." Moorhead's restrained practice is imbued with vapor and deserves its own room at the Menil. For Moorhead images and more, peruse the art channel at Catherine D. Anspon Coming Soon: The Galleria joins Houston's high-rise boom with a 30-story residential tower and luxury hotel at the corner of Sage Road and West Alabama Street. While the Galleria's parent company, Simon, has yet to name a hotel partner, the building will house 225 hotel rooms on the first 15 floors, while the remaining upper levels will be residential condos and penthouses ranging from 800 to 3,000 square feet. A pool, health club and spa, media room, bar, private dining room (chef included) and as-yet-unnamed restaurant round out the amenities … Uptown Park salon Bella Rinova moves after 17 years, relocating to River Oaks District for an August opening. Owner Lynnette Davis says the salon will almost triple its size to 7,200 square feet and include Edward Sanchez's makeup and brow bar, and a sprawling patio. Now Open: Womenswear, accessories and home design join forces at the new Upper Kirby boutique Richly Clad at 2705 Bammel Lane. Owners Kahia Perry and Cara Carbajal feature designers LNA Clothing and Skout Shop, as well as local designer Brass Thread … Custom suits are at your fingertips with the opening of Knot Standard at 2439 Bissonnet Street. The brand — which also has showrooms in New York, Dubai, Dallas, Austin and Washington, D.C. — specializes in one-hour appointments that help you craft the perfect bespoke suit, shirt or blazer … Austin-based women's boutique Kick Pleat has opened at 2565 Kirby Drive at Westheimer, near Local Foods restaurant. Owner Wendi Koletar stocks designers Acne Studios, Denim Refinery, Etnia Barcelona, MM6 Maison Margiela, Rachel Comey and more … Also new to the this center is spinning cult- fave SoulCycle. Jailyn Marcel Jerry Jeanmard's Beaux Bridges, 2014, from the "Paper People" series, at Rebecca Hossack, London COURTESY THE ARTIST AND WELLS DESIGN/JERRY JEANMARD Nestor Topchy curates a Sundown Supper Benefit at his artist's compound James Ciosek's Opalescent #22, 2015, at Zoya Tommy Gallery COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ZOYA TOMMY GALLERY WEIHONG Washington, D.C., may best be known as the epicenter of U.S. politics, but it's also the birthplace of the nation's largest and fastest growing beauty boutique and spa, Bluemercury. Founded by Harvard Business School grad Marla Malcolm Beck and husband, Barry Beck, the beauty-product haven opens its second Texas locale in Rice Village (the first is in Dallas' Highland Park Village). Beauty brands including NARS, Laura Mercier, Trisha McEvoy, Acqua Di Parma, Mario Badescu, Deborah Lippman, Nudestix, R + Co and Juice Beauty line the shelves of the 2,234-square-foot boutique, along with Bluemercury proprietary brands M-61 skincare and Lune + Aster. The luxe in-house spa also offers an expansive menu of treatments — oxygen facials, glycolic peels, waxing and microdermabrasion. Who's feeling blue now. Bluemercury, 2506 University Blvd., 713.522.0021, Jailyn Marcel The Beauty of BLUE Instant energy ThrIVe Drip Spa Russell Prince's Rope Burns, 2014, at Devin Borden Gallery COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DEVIN BORDEN GALLERY

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