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June 2017 - Houston

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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 14 D ouble Decades: Apama Mackey Gallery celebrates its 20th with a show for hometown faithful Anderson + Medrano. The married collaborators — photog Katy Anderson and sculptor Patrick Medrano — unveil their latest creations, a neo-Gothic amalgamation with a surreal, cabinet-of- curiosities vibe, topped by a dose of shamanism (through June 14). The exhibition marks an intriguing offering for the city's only art space within a shipping container. Double Header: For art-making couples, juggling dual careers without being competitive can be tough. It's always great when the chips come in for both, at the same time. Signal Art League Houston's springtime announcement of Texas Artist of the Year for Trenton Doyle Hancock. A former Core Fellow and two-time Whitney Biennial participant, the worthy Hancock rose in the art world from modest beginnings in Paris, Texas. His epic drawing show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver in 2014, is still a benchmark for what a mid-career retrospective should be. Hancock will be fêted at the Art League Gala in October and also roll out a concurrent exhibition at ALH. The artist's partner, Korean-born JooYoung Choi, is making her major museum debut around the same time as the news broke of Hancock's upcoming honor. Catch Choi's cartoon-inspired cosmology in the three-person CAMH exhibition "A Better Yesterday," curated by CAMH director Bill Arning (through September 3). Catherine D. Anspon ART NOTES Hometown EATS I t's location number four and counting for Benjy Levit and chef/partner Dylan Murray's fast-casual hit Local Foods. The latest incarnation is downtown, inside a historic three-story Art Deco building, circa 1934, at the corner of Prairie and Main. The Joseph Finger- designed building was previously home to Bryd's department store; today it's a 10,000-square-foot eatery reimagined by design minds Michael Hsu, Micah Land, and Aaron Rambo. They've added a sea of blues and commissioned photos by Houston artist Karen Sachar, who followed Levit, Murray, and Blue Horizon fishmongers to Galveston and photographed the tools of their trade. Local, which launched more than five years ago, has a chef-driven menu sourced with local ingredients. This is the first to have a raw bar and ceviche menu with apps such as Mediterranean octopus ($10), and snapper campechana ($9). New to the menu executed by chef Geoff Hundt is the Milton, in homage to Levit's dad: a challah sandwich piled with salami, cheddar, onions, and pickle aioli, topped with a fried egg ($12). Favorites include truffled egg salad ($9.50) and the crunchy chicken sandwich ($11). Happy hour brings on tinctures such as the lemon basil gimlet and local draft beers and wine, cold-brew coffee on tap, and Pat Greer's homemade kombucha ($3.50). Local Foods Downtown at 420 Main St., Laurann Claridge Beauty Buzz T his month, Forty Five Ten welcomes a handsome face in beauty. On Friday, June 9, join Heretic founder Douglas Little for a custom-blending fragrance event (the names alone … Pistil Whip, Blood Cedar, Holi Water, India Ink, Poltergeist). Little is well known as the founder of D.L. & Co. candles and scents; he turned the indie fragrance world on its head with his goth sensibility. Now he's delving into the natural fragrance world, which "has very little to do with the health benefits of natural fragrance," he says, "but everything to do with the depth and complexity." During his Houston visit, Little launches his new Dirty Ginger fragrance with Forty Five Ten, its first retailer. Forty Five Ten, 4444 Westheimer Road, River Oaks District, 2 8 1 . 5 6 0 . 4 5 1 0 , Linden Wilson Douglas Little COURTESY THE ARTISTS AND APAMA MACKEY GALLERY Anderson + Medrano's Childhood Memories, 2017, at Apama Mackey Gallery Art League Houston 2017 Texas Artist of the Year Trenton Doyle Hancock and CAMH headliner JooYoung Choi at home, 2014 JACK THOMPSON Red snapper campechana with chips

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