Sam Sukkar, MD, FACS

May 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Sukkar, Sam, MD, FACS, Top Docs

Sam Sukkar, MD, FACS
Plastic Surgery

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is a daunting task: You’re looking for someone who’s experienced but technologically savvy. You envision someone who’s an artist, but also kind, compassionate and patient. Dr. Sam Sukkar is the total package, and that’s why he’s been consistently nominated as a Top Doc by H Texas magazine.

Certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sukkar completed his general surgery training at the University of Texas Hermann Hospital and fellowship in plastic surgery at the renowned Northwestern University. His cutting-edge practice, The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, is equipped with an on-site certified surgical suite and a full-service medical spa, where Dr. Sukkar and his team specialize in the most groundbreaking and effective procedures and treatments for the face, breasts and body. (Just name it—they do it all!)

Dr. Sukkar’s steadfast commitment to his patients and attention to detail in every procedure performed is something that he doesn’t take lightly. “At the end of the day, this isn’t just a job to me,” he says. “To me, this is my passion. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work in this field.”

SAM SUKKAR, MD, FACS
SUKKAR aesthetic plastic surgery and day spa
1616 Clear Lake City Blvd., Ste. 102
Houston, TX 77062
281-667-4827
www.DrSukkar.com

“Namesake Celebration” at Hotel Crescent Court

September 1, 2016 by  
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Crescent PoolWhether setting the stage for a romantic rendezvous or a girlfriends getaway, extravagance ensues once guests step foot in spacious, elegantly-appointed Metropolitan Suites — enclosed by four sets of french doors opening up to wrought-iron Juliet balconies, bathed in gorgeous natural light.  After toasting to the sophisticated city escape with a chilled magnum of Veuve Cliquot, travelers are treated to a captivating evening from the breathtaking, 17th-floor vantage point of The Crescent Club, providing a “through-the-windows” tour of the city. Beloved Crescent ambassador Les Clefs d’Or Concierge Bill Kennedy guides guests through fascinating Dallas history while the hotel’s award-winning chefs showcase a five-course meal complete with fine Texas wine pairings.

Following the two-hour exclusive experience, arts enthusiasts head to the bustling Dallas Arts District, steps from the hotel, to take in a show at the renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, the “suite life” continues back at the hotel, where guests lounge by the sparkling rooftop pool (the ultimate urban oasis), sip cocktails while people-watching Dallas’ elite social scene at Beau’s, the lively lobby lounge, or indulge in a massage at the immersive, 22,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center. Echoing the exclusivity of a country club with sophisticated amenities, the stylish hotel is the gateway to an unforgettable Dallas escape.

“Namesake Celebration” • Starting at $1,499/two-nights* • Bookable now – Dec. 30, 2016

  • Two-night accommodations in a spacious Metropolitan Suite, touting a wet bar, powder room and wrought-iron Juliet balconies
  • Chilled magnum of Veuve Clicquot provided in-room upon arrival
  • Exclusive Crescent Club dining experience complete with a five-course tasting menu paired with fine Texas wines
  • Two tickets to the renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in the bustling Dallas Arts District — steps from Hotel Crescent Court

Visit www.crescentcourt.com for more information and to book your stay.

Naimeh Salem

July 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Salem, Naimeh, Top Lawyers, Top Women

Naimeh Salem
Immigration Law

SalemMrs. Salem is an immigration expert who also serves as an advisor on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses for the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. She has received notoriety for her innovative litigation and appellate victories. Most recently, she was co-counsel in the firm’s third U.S. Supreme Court victory—Mata v. Lynch, was co-counsel for an amicus brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Texas vs. U.S. in support of the government’s position, and shared many other victories, both before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mrs. Salem states, “I take pride in tackling the most challenging immigration matters—even those deemed impossible.” As an attorney, Mrs. Salem’s compassion for others and dedication to the field shines through in all aspects of her work. She serves the greater Houston community by educating and by performing pro-bono work.

Naimeh Salem
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098
713-481-3040
www.gonzalezolivierillc.com

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd
Personal Injury

ToddWe are trial lawyers that get results where it matters the most: the courtroom. For more than 40 years, we have represented individuals and families that have been greatly affected by serious car, boating, and tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, product and premises liability, and on-the-job accidents, including those at construction sites, refineries, factories, or on the railroad.

Alton C. Todd was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1971 after earning his law degree at Southern Methodist University. He is among the fewer than two percent of Texas attorneys Board Certified in both Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law. He is a member and Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.

Jeffrey N. Todd earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999, is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia, and has also obtained several verdicts on behalf of injured individuals.

 

Alton C.Todd
Jeffrey N. Todd
LAW FIRM OF ALTON C. TODD

312 Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77546
281-992-8633
www.altontodd.com

Golda R. Jacob

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Family Law

Golda R. Jacob has successfully practiced family law in the Houston area for over 20 years. Her strong commitment and dedication to clients has consistently produced outstanding results. Jacob and her staff have a reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client they represent. “We treat every case as a priority,” Ms. Jacob states. “We care about our clients, their children and their problems. We want clients to make it through the divorce process as unscathed as possible.” 

Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC, is experienced in every aspect of family law including adoption, divorce, property division and creative solutions, child custody, child support, child protective services cases, modifications, visitation rights, grandparent access, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and paternity suits. The combination of real-life experience and extensive legal knowledge ensure that the firm always provides outstanding legal guidance. Over the years, Ms. Jacob has maintained a relationship with many of her clients who often seek her counsel regarding many kinds of legal issues including business law, estate planning, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, guardianship and probate.  

Ms. Jacob was named to the Super Lawyer® list both in 2011–2014. She is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Law Examiners, a member of the State Bar College of Texas and a member of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation. 

“I take the time to understand the unique situation of each client in order to act in their best interest,” says Ms. Jacob. “While our firm understands that litigation is not always the way to settle issues, sometimes it is necessary and when that happens preparation is everything.”

Golda R. Jacob
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC
440 Louisiana St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
713-227-7383
www.goldajacob.com

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP | Securities and Investment Fraud

Shepherd-Smith

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP is a Houston, Texas based securities law firm. SSEK is the largest law firm in Texas and one of the largest in the United States whose practice is devoted entirely to securities litigation and arbitration.

For over twenty years, the firm has represented thousands of investors nationwide in securities matters. Those cases range from stock and bond cases to complex derivatives and private equity investments. In addition to individual investors, SSEK also represents institutional investors such as pension funds, retirement plans, corporations, family trusts, banks, credit unions, private foundations, charitable organizations, and state and local municipalities. The firm handles cases ranging in value from $100,000 to hundreds of millions in losses.

Many of the firm’s attorneys, staff members and consultants have held positions as officers, compliance personnel or registered representatives of major Wall Street firms, providing the firm with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and securities law. SSEK is able to use its unique knowledge and experience to champion the rights of all investors (big and small) against brokerage firms, investment advisors and investment banks through negotiation, arbitration and litigation.

SHEPHERD SMITH EDWARDS & KANTAS, LLP
1010 Lamar St., Ste. 900
Houston, TX 77002
713-227-2400
www.sseklaw.com

Marcela Halmagean

Halmagean_WebMarcela Halmagean
M Halmagean PLLC, Attorney at Law

Marcela Halmagean focuses her law practice on the individual needs of each one of her clients. “I’m innovative, creative, daring and I do my homework,” she says. Her commitment to learning the law and endorsing close client communication, full availability and aggressive representation has earned her clients’ respect.

Her general practice revolves around business and family law, whether such practice involves litigation, mediation, or “collaborative law” and she is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector.

During her professional tenure, Halmagean has worked for large corporations, representing corporate entities in legal matters, including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract and partnership disputes. However, because of her background, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates.

Marcela Halmagean is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) but has practiced law for almost 19 years during which period, she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice for which they are paying. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”

Trained right here in Houston, Halmagean immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1983 at the age of 19, where she quickly learned English and graduated from the University of Houston in 1988 with her Bachelors of Science in accounting. Then, she went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, and securing her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in May of 1997. Before she graduated law school, she passed the Bar Exam under the Rule of 86, which allowed her to sit for the Bar Exam before she graduated law school.

While attending law school, Halmagean clerked with Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Special Crimes Division, assisting with the prosecution of white-collar crime cases. Later, she worked on the criminal defense side as a law clerk for a Houston criminal-defense law firm.

After she passed the Bar Exam in May of 1997, she acted as Project Counsel in Zurich, Switzerland, for one of the “Big Five” Accounting Firms on what today, is largely referred to as the “Holocaust Project.” During this period, Halmagean served as the legal liaison on banking and privacy-law issues while supervising the risk-management and compliance functions for the project. In 2002, she decided to leave the corporate arena and start her own practice. She never looked back.

Currently, Halmagean is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and an Alumnae of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston–Business & Professional Women’s Association. “I’m one of the few attorneys out there who love their work. I wake up every morning grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help people,” she says.

MARCELA HALMAGEAN
M HALMAGEAN PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057
713-975-1202
www.halmagean.com

Wilberto Cortés, MD

Wilberto Cortés, MD
Cosmetic Surgery

DSC_8304aDr. Cortes, also known nationally and internationally as Dr. Hourglass, is a top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston. His practice not only serves the Houston area but he routinely see patients from all around the world that are seeking his expertise. “The key for a successful and beautiful result is attention to detail,” says Dr. Cortés, and he is very critical of his own work. For this reason, he has developed unique cosmetic procedures that provide consistent results. Among some of those procedures are the hourglass tummy tuck, hourglass hips, hourglass butt augmentation, the wonder breast lift and the wonder breast reduction. He is not only a plastic surgeon, but also a lipoSculptor.

Wilberto Cortes, MD is also well known for his expertise in buttock sculpting procedures. His practice has expanded over the years by applying a simple principle: provide the best surgical results for his patients. He has earned respect among his peers and admiration from his patients through his outstanding surgical results and patient care.

According to Dr. Cortes, “about 40 percent of his practice is from out of town patients.” His philosophy is to ensure the utmost results expected by his patients and provide them the best patient care service.

Dr. Cortes has one office in Texas located in the Galleria area of Houston. He specializes in restoring the women’s hourglass shape and also performs other cosmetic procedures including facial, breast, and body, as well as buttock enhancement, which is one of the most highly demanded surgeries today.

WILBERTO CORTÉS
Rejuvenus Aesthetics, PA
50 Briar Hollow Lane, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77027
713-234-6244
www.rejuvenusaesthetics.com

A Double Feature: iPic Theaters and The Tuck Room

December 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Bars & Nightlife, Entertainment, Theater

IpicNestled in the new and luxurious River Oaks Shopping District, iPic Theaters offers a glamorous movie-going experience. The theater creates a unique experience for guests, giving them something beyond sitting shoulder to shoulder with other movie-goers. Houston’s the first to use iPic’s groundbreaking POD seating system with fully reclinable chairs and leg rests. Lounge in comfortable pods for two, swathed in soft blankets and pillows and watch the latest blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games007 Spectre, and Creed. Touted as the “ultimate movie experience,” we’re inclined to agree, making it a perfect date night experience.

While kicking back to watch the silver screen, premium food and drink items can be purchased. Forget the overpriced popcorn and soda—you can get a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza for what you’d normally pay at any regular theater. iPic offers a membership program for loyal customers to enhance their visits; membership levels allow members to purchase tickets in advance and earn points with each ticket and food and drink purchase.

TuckRoom_Croquettes_0020_mediaWhile we definitely enjoyed the food with the theater experience, we’re singing praises on celebrity and three-time James Beard award-winning chef Sherry Yard’s dining concept, the Tuck Room. She teams up with acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger to deliver mouthwatering treats and cocktails, a perfect prelude to the premium experience that the theater offers. We feasted on amazing ahi tuna appetizers, moist lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches that BBQ lovers could love and addictive cheese croquettes. Foodies rejoice!

The cocktails are bespoke and tailored to you. Local ingredients and spirits are the key to some of our favorites like the zesty Handsome Little Devil, a powerful take on a Bloody Mary. The whole emphasis is on social dining, making it a perfect gathering spot for celebrations, even if a movie is not in the plans for the night.

Two thumbs up from H Texas!

 

 

Potted Potter at the Hobby Center: Oct. 27-Nov.8, 2015

October 28, 2015 by  
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Potted Potter is 70 minutes of boisterous laughter and brilliant fun for fans of the Harry Potter series. H Texas watched the opening night, and even newcomers to the world-wide hit will enjoy the parody, which makes references to other pop-culture phenomenons like the Lord of the Rings and Twilight. Wizards, muggles—non-wizard folk—and everyone in between of all ages will enjoy Potted Potter.

The show condenses all seven books and movies into energetic acts performed by two players on stage through a series of costume changes. Daniel Clarkson provided great comedic talent, playing a majority of roles, working the audience up, including a rousing game of quidditch (think wizard lacrosse) in the middle of the show. Jefferson Turner plays the straight man and the title character, Harry Potter himself, providing a great counterpoint to his co-star’s energy. Potted Potter is very interactive, working with the entire audience to chant, cheer, sing along and even come on stage!

Get your family and loved ones to the Hobby Center soon before the show moves on November 8th!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

TEE IT UP AND LET ’ER RIP—IN LAKE CHARLES, LA!

October 14, 2015 by  
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Don’t miss these golf getaways, with way more than just miles of greens.

by Greg Wettman

The Golden Nugget Resort and Casino (www.goldennugget.com/lakecharles)

The Country Club at the Golden Nugget

The Country Club at the Golden Nugget

For Houstonians searching for a fun weekend golf getaway, look no further than Lake Charles, Louisiana (www.visitlakecharles.org), only two hours east of Houston, just off I-10. An ideal place to call home while in Lake Charles is the Golden Nugget Resort and Casino, which is perched along Contraband Bayou. Besides incredible golf, there is so much to do at the Golden Nugget, which just opened in December 2014, that you don’t really need to drive your car again until you head home—unless, of course, you are searching for another golf course to play, or a local restaurant, which I do recommend.

The Country Club golf course at the Golden Nugget is located on the edge of Contraband Bayou. It is well designed and maintained, and very appealing to the eye. The greens are as good as any I have ever played on—bar none. When I stepped on the putting green, I felt like I was in golf heaven. The course is outstanding. There are many waste bunkers on the course that stop errant shots from disappearing from play, and the staff treats you like a king.

As impressive as the golf course is, the clubhouse is in the same class. The dining room is exquisite, and the food otherworldly. I had a special entrée of rainbow trout almandine that I’m still savoring.

At the Golden Nugget, the pool complex—the H2O Pool & Bar—is lavish and irresistible, with a lazy river and two flume rides. There’s also an awesome wet bar; multiple “islands” in the pool called daybeds; and a state-of-the-art concert stage, which features live musical performances at various times throughout the year. You can swim up to the wet bar, order your favorite beverage, charge it to your room and then float along the lazy river while listening to a top-of-the-line band nearby. That’s what I call relaxation. The pool area also features 250 chaise lounge chairs, 34 private cabanas, six fire pits and several hot tubs. Bottom line at the Golden Nugget: If you’re not playing golf, the pool is the place to be!

The Golden Nugget Spa & Salon is adjacent to the H2O Pool & Bar, very convenient if you’re craving a midday massage, manicure, pedicure or facial. At the Spa, you will also find a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and a fitness room with state-of-the-art Cybex cardio and weight equipment.

When it comes to breaking bread at the Golden Nugget, you are truly spoiled for choice. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Landry’s Seafood House, Lillie’s, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Saltgrass Steak House, Grotto and Claim Jumper are just a few of the dining options available. When it comes to a spur-of-the-moment dessert, The Chocolate Box offers gourmet handmade truffles and chocolates from around the world.

If you want to relax at a beach, the Golden Nugget has you covered. During the day, you can sunbathe, play beach volleyball, or stroll along the waters of the Contraband Bayou. After sunset, the fire pits on the beach are aglow, providing the perfect place to unwind after a busy day at the resort. The Cadillac Beach Bar & Grille is right on the beach and offers great margaritas and food.

If you have any energy left after a fun-in-the-sun kind of day, there is a large, beautiful place right in the middle of the complex called a casino! Since you have already had the good luck to find the Golden Nugget, you might as well find an exciting table game or slot machine to top off your day.

L’Auberge Casino Resort and the Contraband Bayou Golf Club (www.llakecharles.com)

Next door to the Golden Nugget is another awesome place to play, the L’Auberge Casino Resort and the Contraband Bayou Golf Club. The Contraband Bayou Golf Club is a Tom Fazio design and the only public Fazio course in Louisiana. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Golfweek named this course one of the “Best Places to Play in Louisiana.” That is a well-earned endorsement. It is a blast to play. Eight spectacular lakes are found on this course. When you record a subpar score on any hole at Contraband, you can say that you recorded a birdie on the bayou. The signature hole is the downhill par three 8th—it’s a visual masterpiece and fun to play.

L'Auberge Casino and Contraband Golf Club

L’Auberge Casino and Contraband Bayou Golf Club

The resort has a very warm and comfortable atmosphere with a design inspired by the Texas Hill Country, and offers several unique dining options. Breakfast at Favorites Southern Kitchen includes what I believe are the perfect beignets and a stuffed Brioche French Toast like nowhere else. Embers Steakhouse is elegant, romantic and delicious. If you dare, order the 40-ounce bone-in rib eye. I guarantee you will not forget it. L’auberge also has a huge pool area with a lazy river and large, first-class casino. The hospitality shown by the entire staff ensures a return trip will be scheduled.

More Courses

Gray Plantation Golf Course, The National Golf Club of Louisiana and Mallard Cove Golf Course are three more excellent courses to try in the Lake Charles area. At Gray Plantation, the view of the plantation-style clubhouse from the 18th tee caps off an experience that is filled with many sightseeing and shot-making opportunities. Plantation is impressive, especially its four-par threes, two of which have island greens. Lunch on the veranda after golf was superb. I recommend their Pressed Pork sandwich.

At the National Golf Club, which opened in 2009, there are generous landing areas off the tee. The rolling terrain and over-sized greens give you many different shots during any given round. If you pay attention to pin positions with your approach shots, it’s possible to get up and down for par more often than not.

Mallard Cove is a favorite of the locals and is the site of the annual Lake Charles City Championships. The 18th hole at Mallard Cove is one of the most unique finishing holes in golf, as it has multiple options from the tee. The key to success at the 18th hole is to avoid the water at all costs with your tee shot. There are three routes to take off the tee. Mallard has a very nice new clubhouse with a bar and restaurant. It’s a top-tier municipal facility.

Each of the courses I’ve mentioned is in a class of its own and fun to play. All five courses are as appealing to the scratch golfer as they will be to the weekend warrior. All five are also bargains for their respective green fees, which range from around $25 to $160.

Local Eats

The Lake Charles area has many great local restaurants. Two I have visited are local favorites, The Seafood Palace and the recently opened 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Seafood Palace is not fancy, just really great food. It has the best fried alligator I’ve eaten, and the boiled blue crabs are delicious. 1910 features Cajun/Creole dishes that are infused with a French backbone. Everything I sampled was worth coming downtown for, and the atmosphere is elegant, but relaxed.

It will take more than one weekend to enjoy all of the top-notch golf, dining, gaming and relaxation options that the Lake Charles area has to offer. But that’s okay. It’s only two hours away. As the locals say: Bon temps! (Let the good times roll!)

Nancy Kam

August 18, 2015 by  
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Kam_WebNancy Kam
Food Entrepreneur

The Sweet Taste of Success

Kam’s Kettle Cooked Foods’ Home Canning Tradition Turned American Dream

After 40 years of canning chili sauce in her home kitchen, President and CEO Nancy Kam’s family sauce has made it into more than 1,400 Kroger stores across the nation. This 100-year family tradition has evolved into the much sought-after American foodie dream come true. Launching in 2014 at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, her artisan based company swiftly moved into national status, which is even hard for larger food producers to accomplish. Nancy proclaims, “Chili sauce is a comfort food that brings me back to my childhood. Someday we plan to help feed America’s poverty-stricken children. I want to give back since I had such a fortunate upbringing.

Available at Kroger, Select Safeways and Whole Foods Markets

Find a store and get a coupon at: www.kamskettlecooked.com

Karleana Farias

August 18, 2015 by  
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Farias_WebKarleana Farias
Family Law

Leadership in business requires commitment. Karleana Farias is committed to excellence in the legal profession. A rising trailblazer in the field, Karleana has worked for the U.S Justice Department, a non-profit organization working with the South African Parliament, as well as the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico. Karleana’s past experiences and cultural diversity—she’s Cuban and Puerto Rican—complement her ability to provide legal and mediation services to clients in Harris and surrounding counties. Focusing primarily on family law, the Farias Law Firm also offers services, available in Spanish, in criminal, civil and immigration matters. At the Farias Law Firm we believe that being distinguished as a top woman in business is a recognition of our commitment to quality, leadership and zealous advocacy for our clients.

Karleana Farias
Farias Law Firm
801 Congress St., Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77002
713-226-7999
www.fariaslaw.com

Kristi Hustak, MD

August 18, 2015 by  
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Hustak_WebKRISTI HUSTAK, MD
Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hustak is the first female plastic surgeon at the prestigious Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery and performs a wide spectrum of plastic and reconstructive procedures, with a specific interest in female genital rejuvenation procedures.

Trained in the most advanced plastic surgery techniques, Dr. Hustak combines surgical expertise with a compassionate, gentle approach to bring long-lasting, natural-looking aesthetic improvement to the face, breastscv and body. All surgeries using general anesthesia are performed in Dr. Hustak’s certified state-of-the-art surgical facility following the most stringent safety protocols to optimize patient safety. In addition, Dr. Hustak offers numerous nonsurgical treatments that restore a youthful, refreshed look with little to no downtime required. Our comprehensive care blends artistry with surgical precision, advanced technologies and research—all in a caring and exceptional environment. And the end result is the very best you.

MEMORIAL/TOWN & COUNTRY
12727 Kimberley Lane, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024

KATY
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
713-354-5154

www.kristihustakmd.com
www.mybeautifulbody.com

Maria Calcina, DDS

August 18, 2015 by  
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Calcina_WebMaria Calcina, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Maria Calcina was born in Tientsin, China, before immigrating to Venezuela. She studied dentistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and went on to pursue her postgraduate degree in pediatric dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.

After winning a battle with endometrial cancer, Dr. Calcina pursued her licensure in the U.S., where she taught at the University of Maryland College of Dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Calcina relocated to Houston, and after beating breast cancer a year later, opened her practice in Katy. Dr. Calcina is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Association of Women Dentists, the Greater Houston Dental Society, the Hispanic Dental Society, the Houston Asian Dental Society, the Texas Dental Society and the Texas Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Maria Calcina, DDS
19214 Clay Road, Ste. D
Katy, Texas 77449
281-463-4333
www.claydental.net

MARAVILLOSO! The Water Festival

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Where: Discovery Green
When: June 5 – 6, 2015
Website: http://www.discoverygreen.com/circus

Discovery Green welcomes the return of MARAVILLOSO! A contemporary circus and dance event featuring talent from all over the world and from Houston. The two-day event returns as a Water Festival on June 5-6, 2015 with a graceful performance on Kinder Lake by Belgium’s and Netherlands’ artistic company Chanson d’Eau.

Original music and art works by Chanson d’Eau in their first US appearance, the performance features floating, glowing “flowers” that open to reveal graceful dancers on Kinder Lake. The festival will also include a new commissioned dance performance, in celebration of water, byKaren Stokes Dance.

Karen Stokes Dance is a non-profit dance company that has been producing original dance-theater in Houston since 1999.  During this time, KSD has performed in New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Kaarlstad (Sweden), and in Houston, Texas.  In 2014, Karen Stokes was named number one choreographer by the Houston Press in their Top Ten Houston Choreographers list. In 2013, Houston Press awarded Karen Stokes with a Masterminds Award, the first contemporary dance company in Houston to receive this recognition for innovation in the arts.

Check back soon for performance times.

MAMMA MIA! takes it all to Houston!

April 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Theater

mamma-miaThe Broadway hit and touring musical, featuring 22 songs by Abba, premiered at the Hobby Center last night, and H Texas was invited to attend the packed and festive event.

MAMMA MIA! is the story about a young bride who never knew her father. Upon finding out the names of three men who her mother had relationships with the year before she was born, she secretly invites all three men to her wedding in hopes of finding out who will give her away. Add in the strong and lively personality of her mother and the fun personalities of her mother’s friends, and cue the hijinks against catchy and engaging pop and disco hits!

The amazing cast poured their energy into the dancing and singing, backed by a beautiful and minimalistic Mediterranean set. The lighting and costumes were on point and the two and a half hour show breezed by, full of head bobbing and laughter as the antics played out. By the end of the show, the atmosphere was more like a concert with flashing lights, and the whole audience was on our feet in applause, swaying to encores of “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” and, of course, “Mamma Mia!”

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see all of the amazing numbers, now showing until April 19th. Book your tickets now!

Interested in seeing more shows this year? The season ticket packages may be the right choice for you with shows like Phantom of the OperaThe Sound of Music and Cabaret coming soon. Season ticket buyers may also buy tickets for Wicked and Beauty & the Beast.

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

March 18, 2015 by  
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“Whether child or adult, we were together invited to explore his world of magic. Maurice opened our eyes and allowed all of us to dream, discover, and imagine.” David Copperfield, Illusionist

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

Collection on view at:
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building and the Julia Ideson Building | 500 McKinney St. and 550 McKinney St., 77002

March 21, 2015 – May 2, 2015

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons is the comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select works by the late artist supplemented with accompanying comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the universally revered Where the Wild Things Are. Since 2013, this exhibition has toured selected venues throughout the United States featuring works in a variety of media.

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons is a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature to Broadway and the opera, from animated to young adult textbooks — Maurice Sendak remains an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.

Houston Kids Triathalon

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When: April 19, 2015
Where: University of Houston 4500 University Drive Houston, TX 77004
Website: http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/triathlon/about.html

The Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Kids Triathlon, Inc., have partnered to bring you the 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital. It is expected to be the largest USATriathlon sanctioned kids triathlon in the world for the second year in a row with 3,000 participants ages 6 to 15. Thousands of families will gather for the interactive triathlon expo and tons of racing fun. The Houston Texans are proud to support this PLAY 60 initiative, helping to build a generation of healthy, active and responsible kids.
Training Guide courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
The Houston Texans and Kids Triathlon, Inc. are proud to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital on the 2015 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. To prepare yourself or your child for the race, Texas Children’s Hospital has put together a guide that offers nutrition advice, an endurance training plan and safety tips so all participants will train properly and perform their best on race day. This tool is FREE so make-sure to download and print today!

To download the guide, click here.

Map
The race will take place on a closed course and water stations, race volunteers, and safety personnel will be positioned throughout the race.

Click here to view race maps.

Parking
Free parking will be available to all participants, spectators, and volunteers on the campus of the University of Houston. The large surface lot at the intersection of Texas Spur 5 and University Drive provides the best access to the event. There are other surface lots in this same area that are also open and only a short walk to the race course. Exit 44C or Exit 44B off of I-45 are the best ways to reach this area of the University of Houston campus.

Click here for the parking map.

Hotels & Travel
We welcome race participants that are traveling from all over the region to be a part of the  Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. William P. Hobby Airport is less than 10 minutes from the University of Houston, and is home to hundreds of flights each day.

If you would like to stay at a hotel close to the race site, there are a number of options:

The Crown Plaza Hotel located at 1700 Smith Street in downtown Houston is offering a special race-weekend rate of $79 per room for registered participants. Contact the Crown Plaza at:

Crown Plaza Hotel – Downtown Houston
1700 Smith Street
Houston, TX   77002
(713) 739 – 8800
www.crowneplaza.com
Promo Code:  Kids Tri

Discovery Green Flea

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Discovery Green Flea presented by Green Mountain Energy

Where: Discovery Green
When: March 21 11am-5pm  /  April 18, 2015
Website: http://www.discoverygreen.com/flea

Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles.

Discovery Green Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper! Whether you are a bargain hunter or an eco-sensitive collector dedicated to repurposing and reusing, seek and find at Discovery Green Flea while enjoying light bites and local entertainment. With the planning expertise of Project for Public Spaces and our new friends at Brooklyn Flea, Discovery Green Flea is the place to see (buy and eat) and be seen.

The next Flea is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11 am – 5 pm.

Get crafty in the Make It/Take It booth, hosted by The Tinderbox! This is for ages 18 years and up. The little ones can make a craft in the Kid Zone hosted by City ArtWorks!

Flea Market Vendor Rules

Mark your calendars! Future dates for the Discovery Green Flea are March 21 and April 18, 2015. As the weather warms up, the event will transition to Discovery Green Flea by Night on May 16 and June 20, 2015.

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