Ice House

November’s Perfect Party

Let-It-All-Hang-Out Edition

By Catherine Matusow November 3, 2015 Published in the November 2015 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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From top left: Alana Barfield, Brandon Ball, Lauren Sheffield, Terry Grier, Kate Adams, Paul Kruse, Jared Woodfill, Montrezl Harrell

Image: Chris Danger

You know what? This month we’re going to let it all hang out. To that end, we’re inviting fearless Houston makeup artist Alana Barfield, who appeared on Discovery reality show Naked and Afraid—totally nude, yes, totally nude—twice. There is no sum of money, etc., etc. Next up: local attorney Brandon Ball, who, after being asked to pay $20 to enter Midtown club Gaslamp, observed that only minorities were being charged, wrote a viral Facebook post about what he’d witnessed, and brought attention to an issue that, in Houston, just won’t go away. (The club’s attorney denied that race was a factor.) We’d be remiss not to invite Lauren Sheffield, sponsor of the cheerleaders at Lumberton High School north of Beaumont, whose September 11 routine, featuring audio of the World Trade Center explosions, variously baffled, offended and inspired millions of viewers thanks to an online video. Also on the list: Terry Grier, the love-him-or-loathe-him HISD superintendent who announced he’s stepping down this spring; Kate Adams, principal of the district’s new Arabic Immersion School, which saw a bizarre protest on its opening day; Paul Kruse, president and CEO of Blue Bell, facing a list of health-violation allegations that just keeps getting longer; and Jared Woodfill, the local attorney whose Campaign for Houston continues to call the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance—on the ballot November 3—the Bathroom Bill, even as his opponents point out that transgender citizens’ use of the restroom of their choice has had no effect on public safety in other cities. As for the seat of honor? That goes to Montrezl Harrell, drafted this summer by the Houston Rockets from the University of Louisville, who, before leaving his college town, saved a driver from an overturned, smoking car. Sounds like our kind of Newstonian.

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