From top left: Roy Shvartzapel, Don Nelson, Jenna Childers, “Carolyn in Houston,” Lacy M. Johnson, Lester Marks, Tory Gattis, and Joanne King Herring

We’ve witnessed departures, arrivals, and revivals galore of late, so we’re inviting Houstonians both coming and going to our nasty little soiree (and yes, Weird Science fans, favors do include chips, dips, chains, and whips). Much-celebrated chef Roy Shvartzapel tops our invitee list, having moved to Houston, you’ll recall, to start the planet’s best bakery, Common Bond, only to bolt for NYC less than a year later without explanation. Um, okaaaaay. Another departure: KTRK traffic reporter Don Nelson, who announced his retirement after almost four decades on air. We’ll miss him and his hair, both of which were impressive to the very end. Jenna Childers, meanwhile, may be an unknown H-town blogger to you, but after her recent post “Houstonia: THE Magazine,” she has positively exploded on the scene, as far as we’re concerned. Also exploding: traveler “Carolyn in Houston, as Heloise recently referred to her, who complained about her troubles as an out-of-town guest staying in a “large, lovely home in an upscale area.” Apparently, her host’s large collection of family photos annoyed her, impeding her ability to spread out. Please stop writing to syndicated columnists, Carolyn. You’re making us look bad. Making us look good: author Lacy M. Johnson, whose memoir The Other Side is up for a National Book Critics Circle award this month; Lester Marks, art collector extraordinaire, recently named patron of the year by the Community Artists’ Collective; Tory Gattis, founding senior fellow at the new Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a think tank that’s pretty much stalking Houston at this point, promoting us as a model for other cities; and Joanne King Herring, ever proving that she’s more than a glamorous socialite, as evidenced by the January bill recommending that she be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.

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