New Year, New Faces

January’s Perfect Party

Let’s kick off 2014 in style with eight personalities making waves (and headlines) this January.

By Catherine Matusow December 31, 2013 Published in the January 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

From top to bottom, left to right: Lee Bontecou, Tony Notargiacomo, Paul Layne, Ryan Jones, Elaine Kennedy, Ishmael Zamora, Danielle Steel, Reggie Flye

We invited this month’s guests purely for the chance to corner them and fire questions. (What? It’s our party.) Of octogenarian artist Lee Bontecou, whose show at the Menil opens Jan. 31, we’re hoping to get an earful re: why it’s taken so darn long for her to get a retrospective. On that note, we’ve got to ask Tony Notargiacomo, CEO of Truth Entertainment, a film production company out of The Woodlands, why it took 20 years to make the critically acclaimed Dallas Buyers Club. After that, we’ll fix our steely gaze on Paul Layne of Howard Hughes Corp., also working in The Woodlands, and get the skinny on the freaking man-made island where the company is now developing homes. For Ryan Jones, a Houston guy who developed his own app, Weather Line, the question is obvious: why does the world need another weather app, albeit a really cool-looking one? We’ll delicately query Elaine Kennedy, one of several recently laid-off on-air personalities at KUHA, about the future of classical music in Houston. Then it’s Ishmael Zamora’s turn in the hot seat. What led the Alief Elsik high school wide receiver—and member of the USA Football national team—to commit to the Baylor Bears instead of the Texas Longhorns or UH Cougars, hmm? Danielle Steel, clinical director of Ageless Med Spa in Katy, recently named one of the best spas in the country, will need to tell us what the hell a Vampire Facelift is. Oh, and we’ve a question for you too, fitness guru Reggie Flye. With so many fanatical devotees flocking to your classes at the downtown library, will there be any room for us resolution rookies?

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