Has there ever been a Houstonian more tailor-made for an invitation to our monthly fiesta than Mr. Steal Your Grandma—also known as Irvin Randle, the nattily attired local schoolteacher whose Instagram photos nearly broke the Internet this summer? We think not. And if you think we can resist seating him next to our pretend uncle, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, coming to Houston Sept. 27 for the Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston’s fifth annual Help…Hope…Healing Luncheon, well, you’re mistaken. In other news, the city lost a good one when Blaffer Museum director Claudia Schmuckli took a job at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, but she hasn’t abandoned us entirely: She’s coming back to town Sept. 23 for the opening of “Analia Saban” at the Blaffer. Anita Jaisinghani, meanwhile, has opened a second outpost of her beloved West Ave restaurant Pondicheri—in NYC. But she’s staying in Houston, thank you, having hired her daughter to manage the new place. Local young-adult author Jennifer Mathieu is also doing big things, as her second novel, Afterward, set in small-town Texas in the aftermath of a kidnapping, comes out Sept. 20. Mathieu, by the way, just started teaching tenth-grade English at Bellaire. So, YA novelist/English teacher…HISD superintendent/mariachi musician? Sure! As of press time, San Francisco’s Richard Carranza was named sole finalist for the job in a unanimous decision by the school board. Cosigned!
08/19/2019 By Timothy Malcolm