This month’s Comedy Showcase invites a trio of jokesters to excavate laughs in The Depot’s urban space. Comic J. Chris Newberg enlivens standard standup with his blend of audience interaction and short songs that bait giggles with a grab bag of controversial topics, from religion to the usefulness of the metric system. Newberg’s edgy humor nabbed him stage time with Dane Cook, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. A seasoned DJ and comedian, DJ Cooch sweet-talks microphones with confidence gained from co-hosting MTV’s Rock the Vote with Ashton Kutcher and flying overseas to entertain troops in Iraq, and funny woman Jen Murphy dissects dating and intergender communications. Before the show, host AJ from 97.1 ZHT warms up the stage with only a microphone and a huge electric blanket, as audiences settle into the urban interior of the old Union Pacific Station.
Sandra Cardenas didn't gain her knowledge of computer software from a manual. For more than a decade, she worked as an accountant with various firms, learning the necessary programs on the job in order to automate work processes. Now, she and her staff invite students into their training lab for workshops that cover such business-essential tools as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks. One-day courses offer basic and continuing training in these programs, and one-hour mini courses focus on specific skills without taxing students' increasingly fragile attention spans. Sandra also believes in helping students reach their full potential, and works with students from preschool to the collegiate level during after school math tutoring.
Photographer Deborah Paulson specializes in posed and candid shots of subjects young and old. While traditional prints are available, her studio also affixes images to canvases, sterling silver pendants, or across the sides of purses. Onsite custom framing ensures that each image can be properly protected from the elements and wayward water balloons.
Marble accents and expertly maintained equipment greet customers visiting Pearland's Soigne Tans, where soul sacks can bask in an array of tanning options. Beds and standup apparatuses bronze epidermal layers with different levels depending on skin type and astrological sign, and UV-free sprays mist limbs and torsos with natural-looking, streak-free shades. Knowledgeable staff wield handpicked products by brands such as Supre and Emerald Bay to moisturize and prep skin for sunless sunning.
The event planners of The Perfect Affair find cookie-cutter special events anathema to their mission, which is why they take the time to listen to and work side by side with each client to achieve their vision for a wedding, birthday party, or another special celebration. The team offers four wedding-planning packages that are designed to help ease the minds of brides and grooms at any stage of their wedding planning. The Platinum package, for example, sees planners guiding the happy couple through each step of the process, from the preplanning stages to creating a floor plan and finding vendors to the very last rendition of "Shout" at the reception. Along with remaining completely available to clients at all times, the planners of The Perfect Affair take pride in attending to every detail of the to-do list, including booking venues, keeping track of the budget, and finding a way for "Here Comes the Bride" to be performed by Pink Floyd.
Two decades of experience in portrait and commercial photography have refined Trish Taylor's artistic instincts, which she brandishes at a studio that sits 20 minutes south of downtown Houston. Photography shoots capture subjects at their most confident, and commercial sessions depict fashion, food, and architecture with a vivid professional aesthetic. Seasoned photographer Trish Taylor and the team at Imaging Studios put clients at ease during fun and exciting photo sessions. Before the shoot, clients speak with a staff member to discuss preferences, goals, and effective eye flutters. The photographer guides each subject through a series of poses at the studio according to comfort level, incorporating props such as jewelry, food, or toy-encrusted vacuum cleaners.