Noah Rattler at Hope Farms (photo from @rfsfoundation on Instagram)

WHEN NATIVE HOUSTONIAN Noah Rattler walked to California to raise awareness about homelessness in 2008, he never dreamed he would end up at Houston’s Hope Farms. “When I was recovering from my long journey in California, I started my first garden. Once I tasted something that I grew, I was hooked,” says Rattler. No small wonder that farmers are the new rock stars of the community.

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LOCAL UP-AND-COMING bartender and hand poked tattoo artist Elena Vann, 28, is someone who knows that life happens to you when you're least expecting it to. Vann, who is of mixed Venezuelan, German and Cherokee decent, has been a staple bartender at Montrose's Toasted Coconut since it first opened a couple of years ago and has been giving "stick-and-poke" tattoos — a form of analog, non-electric tattooing that uses a single needle instead of a tattoo machine — to both her friends and paying customers since she was still in high school.

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People + Places

Filmmaker Marcus Pontello, also a social media provocateur, debuts 'Friday I'm in Love' this weekend. (photo from @marky_desade on Instagram)

THERE ARE FEW places in Houston as hallowed as Montrose's Numbers Nightclub. For nearly 50 years now, the nightclub, which started out as a risqué dinner theater in the late '70s before turning into a gay disco in the '80s and then into the dance club and live music venue it is today, has served as a safe haven for generations for Houstonian outliers and mainstreamers alike. And now, thanks to Houston-reared producer, director and fashion designer Marcus Pontello, 33, the venerated Houston nightlife staple is getting the silver screen treatment.

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