Ice House

October’s Perfect Party

(Costume Not Optional)

By Catherine Matusow September 30, 2014 Published in the October 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

From top left: Lisa Falkenberg, Carolyn Beck, Tyler Atkins, Dominique Sachse, David Nelson, Brandi Turner, Miranda Sowers, and Mickey Frost

It’s the season of dress-up and, wouldn’t you know it, all of this month’s guests know a thing or two about masquerades. Chron reporter and 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa Falkenberg, for instance, is an expert on masquerades of justice; for proof, all you need do is read her excellent series on our desperately flawed grand jury system. Speaking of flawed, TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck recently announced that her agency is considering allowing the sale of alcohol at gun shows, briefly uniting firearm fans and foes alike, who seemed equally confounded by the move. HSPVA senior Tyler Atkins caught the attention of the New York Times after posting two photos of himself in costume on Twitter—one with him in bowtie, the other sporting a rapper bandana—with a hashtag (#IfTheyGunnedMeDown) protesting the media’s portrayal of black men in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri mess. KPRC’s Dominique Sachse launched her very own YouTube channel, wherein she posts segments—filmed in her bathroom, naturally—showing how she marshals forces to achieve her signature look. David Nelson caught Barack Obama in a pose after the Marine Corps veteran and lawyer mailed a letter imploring the prez not to send troops back into Iraq. “I want to be clear: American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq” came the e-mail reply from Washington—mere hours before the US launched air strikes against Iraqi militants. Goodwill’s Brandi Turner received the organization’s Touched by an Angel Award, thereby proving that disability is just a carapace waiting to be shed. Miranda Sowers managed to gross out an entire country, all by changing her baby’s diaper on the table at a Brothers Pizza Express. And finally, a shout-out to Mickey Frost, septuagenarian owner of costume store Southern Importers, facing crunch time for the 38th October in a row. Mr. Frost, we of the zombie/sexy nurse/pirate/French maid/nun persuasion salute you.

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