We at Perfect Party HQ don’t know about you, but we always get excited when one of our own makes the New York Times Vows section. And now that Daniel James, music administrator and artistic media manager for Houston Grand Opera, has wedded Ian Lee Derrer, general director and chief executive of the Dallas Opera, we’re obviously inviting him to our October soiree. On one side of James, we’ll put Houston’s own extraordinary singer, rapper, and flautist Lizzo, with whom we, and everyone else, are nothing less than obsessed (she plays Revention October 4), and on the other, Judge Ruby Kless Sondock, whose storied, decade-spanning career includes her appointment as Harris County’s first female district court judge (she will be honored at the AVDA, or Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, gala on October 16). Also on the list: playwright Qui Nguyen, whose 2016 work Vietgone, a love story about two Vietnamese refugees, opens at the Alley on October 4; Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin, who with her husband, John Pierre, has a new HGTV show, Going for Sold, in which they flip houses all over the Houston area; and, finally, Marc Grossberg, who has practiced law in the Bayou City for more than half a century and who, on October 17 at Brazos Bookstore, reads from his debut novel, The Best People, which follows a Newstonian lawyer and a single mother through “the glitzy meritocracy that is Houston, Texas.” Count us intrigued. 

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