On January 20 we complete year one of the Trump presidency, so we thought we’d mark the occasion at this month’s gathering. If your first question is, Are you inviting Karen Fonseca?, the answer is yes, of course. We’re seating the woman with the notorious “F*ck Trump and F*ck You for Voting for Him” truck decal, which led to her absurd detention by the Fort Bend County Sheriff in November, next to a man she’s already befriended, the more understated Gale McCray of Fort Worth, who’s gained attention for his popular “Trump That Boy Don’t Act Right” protest sign. Even though fellow Democrats made it clear last month they remain wary of Houston Rep. Al Green’s sure-to-fail attempts to get the House to impeach President Trump, it’s safe to say Fonseca and McCray are right there with Green.
What they’ll make of Claudia Sierra, the Cypress breast cancer survivor who has undergone nine surgeries to look more like Melania Trump, is anyone’s guess, but she’s coming. She may not say much, but the odds are good she’ll stand around and pose a lot while looking fabulous. The Rockets play the Warriors twice this month (January 4 and 20), and yes, inviting the Warriors to swing by is in keeping with the theme: Golden State refused to visit the White House last year after winning the NBA Championships, with Coach Steve Kerr telling USA Today, “He can make fun of handicapped people. He can say a lot of nasty things, ugly things, whether it’s about women, whomever. [It’s] just really difficult to just say, ‘All right, we’ll put that aside and go visit and shake his hand.’ It doesn’t feel right.” Finally, we’re inviting Juan Manuel Montes, although he probably won’t be able to make it. Montes left behind mundane belongings like a TV, comforter and basketball in his California bedroom last February when he became the first DREAMer to be ejected from the country under the Trump administration. These items have been turned into an incredibly poignant artwork by Camilo Ontiveros, which is on display in “HOME—So Different, So Appealing” at the MFAH through January 21. Go check it out.