So, it’s 2020. Welp. How can we be expected to stick with our resolutions when someone nicknamed the Bread Man, Tasos Katsaounis, is developing a roster of tantalizing carbs, savory and sweet, for White Elm Café Bakery, set to open this month in Memorial? We might as well invite him to our monthly gathering and volunteer to taste-test the goods along with our other guests: Mei Rui, the not-at-all impressive Bellaire-area piano teacher/Methodist research scientist recently inducted into the prestigious Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame; El Franco Lee II, the revered Fifth Ward artist with a rotating exhibition of personal works now up at the Mystic Lyon gallery; Chita Rivera, the Broadway icon who will perform at the Jan. 17 opening gala for Stages Repertory Theatre’s brand-spanking-new theater, The GordyJ.P. Gritton, the 2018 UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellow who, on Jan. 16 at Brazos, will read from his debut novel, Wyoming, which naturally includes a Houston-set drug deal; and, finally, Quilty, the incorrigible Friends for Life tabby who went viral after the rescue org posted about him repeatedly freeing the other felines from its cat room. Someone, somewhere, get this guy a reality show!

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