Kimono Queen Tina Zulu is All Wrapped Up in Round Top!

Robin Barr Sussman

MARKETING MAVEN AND kimono queen Tina Zulu is the creative force behind the local comeback of the exotic — and undeniably glamourous — flowing Japanese kimono. With help from well known artists, her company Kimono Zulu produces unique wearable art repurposed from vintage kimonos. This month, the fashionista is taking her bespoke show on the road to Round Top for Spring Antique Weeks with a new kimono line and happenings for the arty-party set. Catch her show through April 2 at Tutu & Lilli in Round Top Village, and March 24-April 2 at Denverado’s Disco Alley, where she’ll also host a DJ-spun soiree on March 26. In our Q&A, Tina dishes on all things creative in the world of Zulu!

‘Avalanche’ of Bold Contemporary Music to Be Featured at MATCH Concert Friday

Chris Becker

ON APRIL 1 at MATCH, Houston new-music ensemble Aperio of the Americas presents Still Life With Avalanche, an eclectic, organically programmed concert of post-minimalist music by some of today’s best known living composers, including special guest electric guitarist D.J. Sparr.

Remington Offers Some Cheeky Advice This Week: How to Become a 'Swinger'

Peter Remington

I WAS LISTENING to the radio recently and Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga’s version of “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing” came on. Then I thought, if you just change one word in the title of this song, you’d have a mantra for life: You don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that S.W.I.N.G.! Today I,m going to write about, How to become a S.W.I.N.G.E.R!

With Expertise in Blondes, Extensions and More, the Janelle Alexis Team Is a Go-To Salon

YOU CAN'T LIMIT Janelle to one title – Hairdresser. Her career and business has been established and built on a strong foundation. Using her two business degrees + one more in-process, this enables Janelle and the team to deliver not only a customer-focused experience, but a foundationally solid business. There is much more than meets the eye, and in sharing a little bit about Janelle, she was not only an international hair extension educator for over 14 years, but brings extensive expertise to blondes. She rounds this out with her previously launched namesake cosmetic line, which is a perfect complement to her belief that “Beauty is our Business”.

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AS WE PRODUCE our second annual “Cool 100” list, we’re reminded of our thoughts as we debuted this feature last year. We acknowledged that deciding who and what is cool is not only a moving target but also entirely subjective. And that attempting to “rank” the coolest people in Houston is a fool’s errand, one that will leave us immediately open to criticism. “You think she is cooler than him? You included this person?! You left off that one!?"

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Courtesy of Sol Diaz-Peña

SUMMER’S HERE, AND the pop-up art exhibits have begun. Maybe it’s a response to the relentless heat and unpredictably weird weather, but during June through August, the city’s more forward-thinking (and often relatively young) art mavens embrace an approach to curation and presentation that is both cost-conscious and community-centric.

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