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July / August 2016 - Houston

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Extraordinary residential real estate service and knowledge. Every time. 713.553.4255 m a r y h a l e m c l e a n . c o m Braeswood Court W e've loved Jo Malone London since we first breathed a whiff of the intoxicating Lime Basil & Mandarin candle decades ago. Now Houston has its own Jo Malone London boutique in River Oaks District with its much-loved Fragrance Discovery Table, where we'll come away drenched in scent, and the Tasting Bar, where one can relax and partake of a hand and arm massage. The shop is nattily done up in punchy black-and- white stripes and stocks the full complement of British bespoke fragrances. And just in time for the Houston debut, a limited-edition collection of candles, scents, soaps and drawer-liner papers launches in a collaboration with British artist and wallpaper designer Marthe Armitrage. Also new: Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne, skewing towards masculine but, as with all Jo Malone scents, worn by all. Jo Malone London, 4444 Westheimer in River Oaks District, 713.963.8450, SCENT of a Brit French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial debuts in River Oaks District in August. Helmed by executive chef Dan Nguyen and culinary director Nicole Routhier, the Houston location will transport patrons to 1920s French Colonial Indochina via traditional Vietnamese recipes including Ca Chien Saigon (crisp-seared whole red snapper in a light sauce), Chao Tom (grilled shrimp wrapped around sugar cane with vermicelli, lettuce, mint, cilantro and peanut plum dipping saice) and Banh Uot (ribeye grilled and rolled in rice noodle crepes with cucumber lettuce, mint and lime-garlic sauce). We predict the expansive upstairs lounge will be the place to be for cocktails and light fare, with its seductive surroundings, all-weather terraces and private dining … New Orleans-based celebrity chef and James Beard award winner John Besh is heading West for his first Houston concept, Eunice. The Cajun and Creole brasserie opens in the Greenway Plaza area at 3737 Buffalo Speedway in Fall 2017 … Italian eatery Taverna is the second restaurant from Lombardi Family Concepts to open in River Oaks District — Toulouse French Café opened in May. Taverna dishes out rustic Italian fare such as whole-wheat spaghetti primavera, wood-stone-oven focaccia and veal marsala. More on this hot spot in our September issue … The much-loved Dallas- based bistro Rise No. 1 opens Rise No. 2, a salon de souffle and wine bar, July 1 at Blvd Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard. More in September issue ... The team behind Uptown Park French eatery Etoile Cuisine et Bar — chef Philippe Verpiand and wife, Monica Bui — expands their reach downtown with the opening of Brasserie du Parc in the One Park Place high-rise at 1400 McKinney Street. The eatery, opening this fall and designed by Bui and partner Kathy Heard Design, will serve traditional brasserie fare, including charcuterie, steak frites and mussels, while an in- house crêperie will offer sweet and savory crêpes from a walk-up window … The Austin influx continues as taqueria Tacodeli plans for its first Houston location this fall at 1902 Washington Avenue. The brand has made a name for itself across Austin for high-caliber ingredients and a menu of nearly 50 offerings … Denver-based brunch bistro Snooze: An AM Eatery brings seasonal comfort food to the Westmont Building at 2317 Montrose Boulevard this month, offering breakfast classics, such as pineapple- upside-down pancakes, OMG French toast, six eggs Benedict variations and brunch cocktails … Dallas-based pizzeria Cane Rosso debuts its first Houston location at 1835 North Shepherd Drive, with authentic fork-and-knife Neapolitan pizza … Steakhouse and butcher-shop Ritual has opened at 602 Studewood Street. Delicious Concepts proprietor Ken Bridge and Black Hill Ranch's Felix Florez partner on the project. Jailyn Marcel Restaurant Buzz A s part of an increasing emphasis on hometown talent, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston follows up on 2014's well-received solos for Debra Barrera, Nathaniel Donnett and Carrie Marie Schneider in "Right Here, Right Now" and the just-on-view mammoth survey of Mark Flood's painting practice and film-making (anti)prowess. Late summer, CAMH rolls out the second iteration of "Right Here, Right Now," an aptly titled triple play presenting three single-person exhibitions in the museum's expansive first-floor Brown Foundation Gallery (no longer are Houston artists relegated to the basement). Each of the curators — museum staff director Bill Arning, senior curator Valerie Cassel Oliver and curator Dean Daderko — hones in on one artist — and this fall, they are all female. (Guerrilla Girls will be pleased.) Arning organizes a sprawling exhibition for Thedra Cullar- Ledford, the Oxford-educated Texas-born painter/performer/breast cancer survivor/ feminist known as much for her brash, warm personality as for being a den mother at the Independence Heights Studios (co- owned with her husband, artist Stephen Cullar-Ledford), where pot-luck suppers, unscripted salon dialogues and poetry readings happen around a fire pit. Watch for Cullar-Ledford's brazen take on Barbie dolls and breast cancer. Cassel Oliver considers the lines, grids and optical illusions of artist Susie Rosmarin, and deciphers meaning in a career that spans decades and includes well-regarded exhibitions in Manhattan. (Rosmarin's brother was Mickey Rosmarin of Tootsies, and Susie once supervised the store's stock room, drawing early inspiration from the riotous patterns and palette of the luxury designer threads.) Daderko corrals a presentation for lens lady Amy Blakemore, the Glassell School of Art photography department chair, who also was Art League Houston's Texas Artist of the Year in 2015 and has a Whitney Biennial on her résumé. Blakemore's typologies probe the quirky, melancholy and timeless qualities present in prints made with darkroom precision, paradoxically shot with cheap plastic vintage Diana cameras. "Right Here, Right Now," at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, August 20 – November 27; opening night Friday, August 19, 6:30 to 9 pm; artist/ curator talks Cullar-Ledford/Arning Saturday, August 20, 2 pm; Blakemore/Daderko, Saturday, September 17, 2 pm; Rosmarin/ Cassel Oliver, Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm; Catherine D. Anspon Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Triple Play: GIRL POWER A lice + Olivia all began in 2002 when a young woman with no design experience created her own trousers. Those perfect-fitting trousers launched the brand, now known globally for mindfully designed contemporary clothing. CEO/owner/ designer Stacey Bendet has since opened more than 30 Alice + Olivia boutiques worldwide. The New York- based designer is the latest to set up shop in River Oaks District, between Intermix and Roberta Roller Rabbit. Decorated with mirror-striped walls, plush velvet emerald couches and sparkly chandeliers, the boutique houses the full Alice + Olivia collection of ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags and accessories, as well as those perfectly perfected trousers. Alice + Olivia, 4444 Westheimer in River Oaks District, 281.581.0649, Hannah Swiggard Power of the TROUSER Alice + Olivia opens in River Oaks District COURTESY THE ARTIST COURTESY THE ARTIST AND TEXAS GALLERY COURTESY THE ARTIST AND INMAN GALLERY Amy Blakemore's S. White, 2015, at CAMH Susie Rosmarin's Yellow, Red, Blue, 2012, at CAMH Thedra Cullar-Ledford's Blondes Have More Fun, 2011, at CAMH The new Jo Malone London in River Oaks District Artist Marthe Armitrage collection for Jo Malone London.

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