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FACE Awards Winners Shine At 2016 Award Show

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Doug Mason, presenting at the 2016 FACE Awards (Photo: Gary Fountain, Gary Fountain/For The Chronicle)

Houston’s LGBTQ+ Community Honored Their ‘HEROES’ At 2016 FACE Awards On Monday Night

HOUSTON — Dec 14— The LGBTQ+ FACE Awards rolled into Houston Monday night for a star-studded tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. CBS Radio. Sarah Pepper of Hot.95.7, and Lauren Kelly of Mix 96.5hosted the grand event announcing the twenty-one category list of Houston’s winners.

“Tonight is not about validating any one person, community or non-profit. We know there are many people that are missed each year,” Cade Michals, founder of the FACE Awards said. ” Tonight is about the community saying ‘thank you’ to as many as we can, for their work of the past year.”

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness presented the 2016 FACE Awards with Smirnoff Vodka  as the co-sponsor. The complete list of winners for the 2016 FACE Awards are below.

Volunteer Of The Year
Fran Watson

Activist Of The Year
Ashton Woods

Non-Profit Of The Year
Homeless Gay Kids of Houston

Entertainer Of The Year
Christina Edwards Wells

Bartender Of The Year
Sarah Tompkins Gutierrez for Ripcord

Event Of The Year
Pride Houston, Inc.,

Business Of The Year
George Country Sports Bar

Barista Of The Year
Kent for Stabucks Montrose

Social Media Personality Of The Year
Harper Watters

Best Actor, Actress of the Year
Mark Ivy

Business Owner of the Year
Irwin Palchick for F Bar Houston

Politician Of The Year
Senator John Whitmire

Nightclub Of The Year
Richs Nightclub

DJ Of The Year
DJ Patrick Ukemi

Restaurant of the Year

Creative Artist Of The Year
William Loyd

Journalist Of The Year
Steve Campion

Community Personality of The Year
Ty Frazier

Personal Trainer of The Year
Cody Soutar

Real Estate Agent of The Year
Jeremy Fain

Philanthropist of The Year
Paul Pettie

Drag Performer of The Year
Chloe T. Crawford

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jolonda Jones

Monday Night of the Year
Guava Lamp

Tuesday Night of the Year
F Bar Houston

Wednesday Night of the Year
Guava Lamp

Thursday Night of the Year
South Beach Houston

Friday Night of the Year
JR’s Bar & Grill

Saturday Night of the Year
Richs’s Houston

Sunday Funday of the Year
F Bar Houston

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Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years With Stages Theatre

Stages Theatre Kenn McLaughlin Celebrates 15 Years!

2016 Marks 15 Years As Artistic Director For Kenn McLaughlin With Stages, Serving As The Theatre’s Longest Tenured Leader.

Even after 15 years, this leader continues to raise the bar and elevate the quality of work produced at Stages Theatre located near Montrose. The 2015-2016 season marks McLaughlin’s tenth season as Stages’ artistic leader, following five successful years as the theatre’s Managing Director.

Under the leadership of McLaughlin, Stages has strengthened its commitment to sustainable innovation through projects such as producing the first American regional theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s latest musical, Road Show; re-envisioning classics like Auntie Mame and Veronica’s Room.

McLaughlin has produced more than 100 productions, with record-breaking hits for the theatre. Also the revival of the theatre’s landmark original musical Always…Patsy Cline; as well as pivotal world and U.S. premieres such as Black Pearl SingsAn American BratElizabeth Rex, five original Panto-style musicals and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.

Prior to his arrival at Stages in Houston, McLaughlin spent time in Cleveland, Ohio being nominted three-times for the Ohio governor’s award for excellence in the arts.

In Houston, McLaughlin went full steam ahead, teaching classes in creativity at Rice University, directing at Sam Houston State University, as well as teaching diversity awareness to cadets at the Houston Police Academy.

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Country Star Chris Young Performs At Rodeo Houston Wednesday Night!

Photo courtesy: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle


Country Star Chris Young Performs At Rodeo Houston Wednesday Night!

The 2006 winner of “Nashville Star” took the Rodeo Houston stage Wednesday night for an estimated crowd of 64,901 for Armed Forces Appreciation Day presented by BHP Billiton.

(Houston, Texas) Country music star Chris Young entertained the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last night to the grand sum of 64,901 in official attendance. Arriving on stage following a symbolic flag presentation by the United States Air Force.

Young breezed onto the round revolving stage in an attempt to dominant. Dressed in all black, as if paying tribute to Johnny Cash, a black steal guitar in one hand a red solo cup in the other.

chrisyoungsherylnields Country Star Chris Young Performs At Rodeo Houston Wednesday Night!Though out his estimated 90 minute set, Young kept begging the crowd kindly; reminding them to sing along. “When I say Conway Twitty, Y’all better loose your minds.” He reminded them after stopping and repeating “I Can Take It From There.”

Joining Young on stage was his ‘Mile High Club’ co-star Cassadee Pope for a surprise performance of “Think of Me.” Dressed in a gold sequin top, black leather mini skirt, and black leather knee boots, that would make any ‘southern girl proud,’ Pope was a welcomed addition.

“Y’all are ridiculous, man,” he said to the crowd. “Thank you so much for my career.”

Rodeo Houston continues nightly with rodeo and concerts now till March 20 2016.

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Gay Houston Man Brutally Murdered Left In Woods

Marc Pourner Murder Victim

Pourner, missing since last Thursday; after receiving a late-night ‘disturbing’ call and, not showing up for the work the following day.

According to “Tony,”  a friend of Pourner; the family located  ‘items’ in Pourner’s room that allowed them to identify who possibly called. “They were able to see who called Marc.” the friend states; referring to the late night call the victim received.

The friend describes that information they obtained from “items’ as overwhelming.

Local authorities later received a tip of the body’s location from a ‘person of interest’ that is connected to the victim. A source close to the investigation acknowledges investigators are close to an arrest.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.


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