Welcome to this month’s soiree, where we’ll freely admit that we’re on the fence about the made-for-Instagram FOMO Factory, up at the Galleria through the summer. Does it matter that Houstonians are all posting the same photos of themselves, posing in front of the same rainbow-painted lockers? Are these types of events the new norm, or will we soon consider them oh-so-2019? Should the FOMO folks host a dawn duel with the team behind a similar effort, Univision Houston’s Upop Interactive Experience? There’s only one thing to do, and that is to invite Austin-based FOMO Factory creator Rachel Youens and ask her to break it down for us. Also on the list: Iyanla Vanzant, the self-help guru behind OWN reality show Fix My Life, coming through town on her Acts of Faith Remix Tour (Jul. 26, Jones Hall); Arash Kharat, who will be serving up a Houston-centric menu as executive chef at Buffalo Bayou Brewing’s new Sawyer Yards facility, set to open by the end of the year; Bill Barajas, native Houstonian and, as of June, new reporter for KPRC; Eugene Lee Lang of the Try Guys, who will try anything from donning women’s undies to swimming with sharks to making pottery in exchange for YouTube views, swinging through Houston on their Legends of the Internet Tour (Jul. 21, Revention Music Center); and, finally, Mary Chance of Hogg Middle School, who we are pretty sure doesn't have a YouTube channel, but nevertheless has managed to change many a life—HISD recently named her Librarian of the Year. Congrats!

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