Red All Over!

Perennial philanthropists Sue and Lester Smith, along with Neil and Maria Bush, hosted the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s annual Celebration of Reading kickoff event. Meanwhile, the long-term disaster-recovery organization SBP hosted its first-ever Answering the Call fundraiser, with an impressive list of honorary chairs that included Paige and Tilman Fertitta, Hannah and Cal McNair, Margaret Alkek Williams and others.

Patrick Fertitta, Gretchen Sheirr and Michael Fertitta at ‘Call'

Patrick Fertitta, Gretchen Sheirr and Michael Fertitta at 'Call'


Deborah Duncan and Leticia Trauber at ‘Call'

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March in Montrose (photo by Julie Soefer)

IT’S HARD TO fathom 37,500 bottles of wine in one restaurant (hello, Mastro’s!) or even the 4,000-plus selections of wine stocked at the original Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Westheimer. No surprise, both high-end steakhouses garnered the top honor awards by Wine Spectator this year.

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'A Beautiful Mind'

HERE’S AN ARTFUL way to stay cool this month. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston rolls out a six-film mini-series The Mathematician Moviegoer on Saturday, July 9, beginning with Giant (1953), George Stevens’ epic if somewhat shambolic celebration of the transformative power of black gold, starring three of 1950s Hollywood’s sexiest actors: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. (At one point Dean, a dedicated “method” actor, manages to pull off an Oscar-worthy scene with his body completely covered in crude oil.)

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