• Bag Snob blogger Tina Craig influences designers and shoppers alike.
  • The DL1961 Premium Denim capsule designed by Tina Craig features seven styleincluding transitional ombre.
  • Tina Craig likes cocktail jeans instead of a LBD.
  • Tina Craig collaborated with Donna Karan's DKNY line on a special series of fivehandbags.

Don’t judge a bag by its cover.

That’s the takeaway from my chat with Tina Craig, creator of Bag Snob, one of the most influential style blogs on the web. Craig showed her denim collaboration with DL1961 Premium Denim at Tootsies and still seems a little awestruck by the attention paid to the “online journal” she and her best friend started back in 2003.

The fact Craig was in Houston for her own personal appearance in conjunction with her denim collaboration was truly thrilling and it showed.

But come on, with a name like Bag Snob (or Shoe Snob, Tot Snob, Couture Snob) you have to expect some kind of elitism, right?

“All the 'snob' means, is that you have a certain taste in life. I have a T-shirt I bought at H&M for $4.99. It’s my favorite shirt. I wear it pressed because it’s my taste, but the 'snob' is all tongue-in-cheek,” Craig says.

“All the 'snob' means, is that you have a certain taste in life. I have a T-shirt I bought at H&M for $4.99. It’s my favorite shirt. I wear it pressed because it’s my taste, but the 'snob' is all tongue-in-cheek,” Craig says.

It is her taste level and upfront honesty that have cultivated her ardent followers. Between Twitter and Facebook she has 50,000 followers and many more on The Bag Snob blog. It has also caught the attention of the fashion industry’s most influential designers, who not only read what she writes, but take it into consideration.

“Michael Kors told me we called him and other designers out,” Craig says. “Christian Louboutin reads everything written about him because it is so close to his heart.”

One bag at a time

Blogs like the Bag Snob have democratized fashion, she says, making designers really consider the women they are designing for. She’s knowledgeable and opinionated, and although the Bag Snob and its continued evolution is a full-time career now, the blog's beginnings were much simpler. The site started with just $30 and was designed by her BFF’s software engineer husband.

“It’s all been so organic. I always say we are taking over the world one bag at a time,” Craig says.

She and partner in all things Bag Snobbery, Kelly Cook, have expanded the concept to include beauty, couture, shoes, jewelry and fashion for tots. Craig’s collaboration with DL1961 Premium is another extension of the Bag Snob brand.

She previously worked with DKNY on a limited edition collection of five bags: The Tote, The Treasure, The Travel, The Trendy and The Clutch.

Blogs like the Bag Snob have democratized fashion, she says, making designers really consider the women they are designing for.

This time, it was a week’s worth of denim to suit any mood and every event. There’s a weekend pair and a cocktail pair and every pair was designed by Craig to include all elements of a woman’s life.

“I’m a busy mom. I carpool, I help my son do homework, I work, I go out. You have to balance life. Women want essentials and that’s what this collection gives them.” Craig says.

The designing gig is still relatively new for Craig, but she has always loved writing and when her parents suggested she also pursue a business degree, she relented, graduating with a degree in international finance from the University of Southern California. A stint as a VJ on MTV Asia and a long-held love for fashion meant she was destined to pursue something outside the lines.

Craig is a big personality in a tiny package and her designer stories belong in a book or, please, Bravo, if you’re reading, a reality show. Just the way the site was discovered is a tale.

Be good to everybody

“I had been corresponding with a woman who I thought was a 20-year-old college student saving up for her first designer bag. She thought I was a cranky 60-year-old woman from the Upper East Side,” Craig says. “Turns out she was Linda Grant, an award-winning author whose best friend was the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman. Be good to everybody because you just never know.”

And when there is a bad review? What happens to her friendships with the designers then?

Cameras would lap up her trip to Milan where she was invited to preview Bottega Veneta’s Initial Program and her dinners with Diane Von Furstenberg, where she is greeted with kisses on the cheeks and discounts at her DVF stores.

“You experience Diane. The first time I met her she asked everyone, “Where is the bag girl?” grabbed my cheeks and kissed them. We have been friends ever since,” Craig says.

And when there is a bad review? What happens to her friendships with the designers then?

“I have been taken out to lunch or dinner by designers' PR people who ask me to change what I wrote and I tell them I won’t do that. It’s my opinion. But, I do think carefully about what I write. There are real people and real feelings behind that bag,” Craig says.

  • Presmer python and suede fringe clutch, $365
  • Presmer python cuff, $89
  • Presmer python clutch, $355
  • Presmer python bangles, $44-$64

The fall color that makes you look slimmer: Houston designer's berryliciousaccessories are red hot

Fab Find

Berry hues are always a fall favorite, but this season burgundy with a splash of python is what’s in the mix. All of the fashion magazines have dubbed the dark red hue the color of the season.

OK! features wine-colored scarves, hats, dresses, handbags, jewelry and even lipstick. Celeb stylist Philip Bloch told the magazine it's a sophisticated shade that complements every skin tone and hair color. "And because it's a deep shade, it's slimming," he said.

All of the fashion magazines have dubbed the dark red hue the color of the season.

Life & Style calls the color "oxblood" because "it's a richer, edgier red that makes an outfit both sexy and sophisticate." The magazine shows Blake Lively in a sequined burgundy minidress by Gucci, and features handbags, high heels and bracelets in the distinctive shade.

Both magazines feature cuffs from Houston designer Annsley Popov of Presmer accessories. Part of Presmer’s berrylicious appeal is the pop of color at affordable pricing. A raspberry python cuff is $89 and bracelets range from $44 to $64. Clutches like The Piper are pricier at $365 and combine python with fringe. All are available at Muse.

Texas Monthly, O Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Redbook have all featured Presmer’s accessories.

  • Cesar Galindo poses with some of his models
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • Galindo featured casual wear in bright red and fuchsia shades.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • One part of his presentation featured art deco-inspired evening wear in shadesof grey, black and white.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • Galindo decided to create a collection to showcase his new line of handbags andclutches.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • A series of silver and white pieces range from a '50s-style dress to a dramatictoga evening gown.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • A crocodile clutch designed by Galindo accentuates a floral pants and top.
    Photo by Tom Concordia
  • A fringe look from the Cesar Galindo Collection.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012
  • Galindo also played with unusual fabrics in creating the collection.
    Photo by © Thomas Concordia 2012

The Czar of fashion week: Collections are twice as nice for Houston's own CesarGalindo

New accessories line, too

NEW YORK — Rachel Zoe wasn't the only designer with a really busy schedule during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Houston native Cesar Galindo showcased his Czar line of moderately-priced womenswear in the tents at Lincoln Center on one of the first days of the fashion extravaganza. And on the last day, he unveiled the Cesar Galindo Collection at the highrise offices of the Mohawk Group.

"I'm barely standing right now," he joked, while receiving hugs and air kisses from the excited crowd.

"It's an escape from reality, where you can be the princess from Abu Dhabi or you can be the Queen of England," Galindo said.

In one of his strongest collection in years, Galindo turned to a Japanese art deco theme for his high-end Cesar Galindo Collection, featuring evening wear in shades ranging from beige to metallic to fuchsia intermixed with a beautiful tattoo print.

"It's an escape from reality, where you can be the princess from Abu Dhabi or you can be the Queen of England," he said. "I really had fun doing it. It's more luxurious. It's like a fantasy."

Galindo is known for his draping talents, which were evident in this collection. "If you look at it, there's a 3-D effect to my clothing. When you look through the garment you see different body types," he explained. "Even the beaded one that's draped, you turn around and realize that there's another layer, but it's all one dress. That's the idea."

The designer, who was raised in Houston but has been a fashion fixture in New York for more than two decades, didn't plan on showcasing a high-end collection at fashion week until his financial backers encouraged him to create an accessories line.

"I said I'd love to, but it doesn't go with my Czar collection (which is more contemporary), so why don't I do a Cesar Galindo Collection?," he recalled. "Three days later I was on a plane to Medellín, Columbia, where they do high-end crocodile work. I spent four days there and designed the whole collection in two months."

The accessories collection includes triangular handbangs and crocodile clutches in shades of gray "The collection was built around luxe," Galindo said. "These are my girls."

Galindo also made a third fashion week appearance when his Czar line was featured at a fashion show featuring Case-Mate cell phone accessories, at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas was on hand as rap singer Common performed.

Here's hoping Galindo is finally getting some rest now.

Red carpet hottie: HBO star wears a Houston designer to a slick Emmy party

Peck Style

Behind every red carpet darling, lies a talented stylist who is plugged into designers on the rise. Houston's David Peck is one of those designers and with each award show, movie premiere and charity event, his work is cropping up more and more.

Now, it's been seen on Anna Chlumsky, who stars as the vice president's chief of staff on the HBO comedy Veep.

Chlumsky wore Peck’s Clary dress from his FW12 collection to the BAFTA TV Tea Party, a pre-Emmy event saluting nominees, in Los Angeles last week. Peck says her stylist remembered seeing the collection through Peck’s New York public relations firm.

“Her stylist is friends with our PR firm and has loved the collection for awhile. She came in to pull some looks for Anna's fittings and thought the dress was perfect for the event.” Peck told CultureMap in an email.

Other red carpet notables donning Crop — Peck’s line — include, Mayim Bialik, Giuliana Rancic and Maggie Grace.

  • Matthew Singer, the new men's fashion director for Neiman Marcus and BergdorfGoodman, balances good taste with simple pleasures — like Houston Texansfootball.
    Photo by Wilson Parish
  • Singer suggests embracing color for fall. If bright orange is too much, go withjewel tones.
    Photo by Wilson Parish
  • Singer played with outerwear during the fall runway show.

Big style meets down-to-earth charm: Fall fashion tips from Neiman Marcus men'sfashion director

Singing His Praises

Men, you have to remember just two fashion trends for fall — color and corduroy.

This is the missive from Matthew Singer, the new and down-to-earth men's fashion director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Singer touched down in Houston earlier this month to host the Fall 2013 Men's Trend Event at Neiman Marcus.

The very dapper crowd lapped up the berry-hued suiting and colorful accessories for men that were presented on the runway. Singer, dressed in a slim-fitting navy suit, crisp white shirt, black skinny tie and loafers sans socks, was engaging, personable and knew each model's name from memory as they hit the carpet.

It's easy to see why Singer is the fashion voice of the luxury stores, but ask him about the new position and he's quick to remind you that he's like everybody else.

It's easy to see why Singer is the fashion voice of the luxury stores, but ask him about the new position and he's quick to remind you that he’s like everybody else.

"I'm just a regular guy. I'm very laid-back, almost too laid-back sometimes, but I’m very grateful for the career path I've had," Singer says. "Retail can be a grind, but if you put in the time and work hard, you can get amazing things out of it."

The 32-year-old Singer jumped to the big leagues after serving as the associate men's fashion director for the upscale division of Macy's Inc. at Bloomingdale's, but it was his early days of "slinging prom dresses" that got his feet wet in the industry. He credits his time at Scoop with really preparing him for all aspects of fashion retail.

"It was a small operation, very hands-on, so I was working with the customer, buying, visual merchandising and calling the repairman when the A/C broke down," Singer says. "But I loved being on the floor and working with a customer and having things come alive for them."

Singer brought that same panache to the runway show, naming the designer and then detailing the how and why of each look.

Although there were some pretty bold pieces sent out such as an Etro paisley evening jacket, most of the looks were put together in a way that most men can and should wear. Among this season’s winners:

  • Corduroy. Don't want to don bright orange pants? Singer says jewel tones are great options too. Navy, emerald green and any berry-based color make a great foundation for a fall ensemble.
  • Color. From shoelaces to jackets, color is everywhere. Ease into it, but embrace it because it isn't going anywhere.
  • Accessories. Yes, real men do accessorize. Start simple with a pocket square, but look for pattern and texture. Go beyond basic black and brown belts and slip on gray, navy, green and, if you are really adventurous, orange. Again, think texture for interest. Add creative socks or simply drape a scarf around your neck.
  • When the weather finally turns to fall, a top coat is a must. Singer also sent vests as outwear down the runway. Some were on the puffy side, some were made from lightweight materials and one was even a gorgeous chocolate brown leather vest, but all were worn over jackets, sportcoats and sweaters

Singer is keen on a couple of looks that are a little questionable (cummerbunds and double-breasted suits, for instance), but overall his eye is sharp and refined. He understands that, while men want to dress well, many are unsure how to do it.

Singer understands that, while men want to dress well, many are unsure how to do it.

"You want to look and feel good in what you are wearing, so if you have to, take baby steps toward something new," Singer says. "I'm the guy who wears navy and sometimes as I'm walking out the door, my wife will look at me and say, "You are really wearing that?" Everyone needs a good second opinion."

Singer is sincere about his regular guy status. He's as comfortable rocking loafers and no socks as he is talking football. Even though he declined fantasy football this year, he grabs some NFL on Sundays and jokes that he'd watch college football, too, except for the threat of divorce papers. And, Texans fanatics: He swears the Houston team is his favorite.

"I think they have what it takes to go all the way," Singer told CultureMap.

That's music to the ears of local football fans and, more importantly, to men who may find jumping into fall fashion more accessible when coming from a guy who checks football scores in between fashion shows.

Real guy? Absolutely.

  • "Live Colorfully" umbrella from Kate Spade
  • Pantone's "Fashion Color Report Spring 2013"
  • The colors of spring 2013 on the runway, with creations by Diane VonFurstenburg, from left, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Rucci

Shades of the season: Kate Spade introduces umbrella with cool fashion weekcolors

Fab find

Although fall has just begin, spring is in the air with showers of reports from fashion weeks in New York, London and Milan (with Paris to come). One especially trending topic: The colors of the upcoming season, which span across the rainbow spectrum, from Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, “Tangerine Tango” and variations on that theme, to lime greens to cooling blues.

Put them all together, and you have Kate Spade’s new “Live Colorfully” umbrella, available now for $78 through the company's website. (The Galleria boutique expects a shipment of these fun must-have accessories in about two weeks.) The umbrella comes with a matching sleeve for easy toting.

The refreshing palette perfectly reflects Pantone’s “Fashion Color Report Spring 2013,” which was released just prior to the annual New York fashion event. The umbrella employs dusk blue, lemon zest, emerald and yes, nectarine in playful stripes, adding a dose of delight to even the wettest of weather.

Just pop your new umbrella open, and you’re sure to be on the color target. You can’t miss!

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Top things to do in Houston this  weekend: Big Beyoncé takeover, a cool pool party, and more


This weekend, the biggest female pop icon in the world comes home for her wildly popular Renaissance World Tour stops at NRG Stadium. To honor local girl — and now queen — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, locals have been shopping for that perfect fit to slay like Bey (check out our guide here) and hitting special Beyoncé-themed events (see more here).

While this weekend is rightfully dominated with all things Queen Bey, plenty of other fun activities await. Cooler temps mean more outdoor fun at the Houston Arboretum, East River, and the Dew Berry Farm Festival. Some hilarious comedians hit town, and the insider-y El Segundo Swim Club makes a splash as we say farewell to summer.

El Segundo Swim ClubDive into a chill weekend at El Segundo Swim Club.Photo courtesy of El Segundo Swim Club

Enjoy; here are your best bets for this Beyoncé homecoming weekend.

Thursday, September 21

Houston Arboretum presents Sip & Stroll

The start of fall will be celebrated with the Houston Arboretum’s Sip & Stroll outdoor event. Participants will enjoy a quiet evening out on the arboretum trails. The sunset walk will include two glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer, cheese and charcuterie offerings from GRAZE HTX, and a specialty wine glass to take home. New to this year’s event, participants will enjoy an additional wine tasting featuring a variety of wines from The Cause Urban Winery, founded by Jennifer Rossi. 5:30 pm.

Nerdy Night Market at Neil’s Bahr

Nerdy Night Market will be back outdoors in the Neil's Bahr Cantina lot, giving you more space, more vendors, and the perfect opportunity to hang out, enjoy drinks al fresco, and connect with your favorite nerdy enthusiasts. Join them for an evening of geeky treasures, great company, and the coolest finds you won't want to miss. From collectibles to unique creations, there’s something for every geek and pop-culture enthusiast to explore. Must be 21 or older to attend. 6 pm.

6 Degrees presents POP DEMO

6 Degrees premieres Toni Leago Valle’s dance/theatre experience, a blend of political commentary, offbeat theatre, aerial, contemporary dance, and visual projections, set in a stylistic Pop Art décor. The performance provides a historical perspective through cartoons of how the ideas of popular democracy, extremism, and propaganda have shaped and warped American political and cultural beliefs, ultimately attempting to overthrow democracy. 7:30 pm (2 and 7 pm Saturday).

Friday, September 22

Houston Art Gallery Association Fall Celebration

As visitors wander through the Houston Art Gallery Association member galleries on Friday and Saturday, they will embark on an enlightening journey where each gallery offers a unique experience. From contemporary masterpieces that challenge traditional notions of beauty to thought-provoking installations pushing boundaries, HAGA encapsulates the vibrant diversity of artistry in Houston. Galleries include Anya Tish Gallery, Foltz Fine Art, Foto Relevance, Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, Koelsch Gallery, Thornwood Gallery and many others. Noon.

East River presents Live Music Weekends

East River 9 will be kicking off Live Music Weekends, which will happen every Friday and Saturday night through December. All ages are invited to experience free, live musical performances while taking in unmatched views of Buffalo Bayou and the city skyline on the expansive, open-air terrace. The fall artist lineup is sure to make a splash with a wide variety of local and regional musicians. Kicking things off will be Lucas Jagneaux on Friday and the Sheila Marshall Duo on Saturday. 7 pm.

Alley Theatre presents American Mariachi

Family, love, and tradition are at the core of this heartwarming play about the freedom to dream big. It’s the 1970s and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? Will Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride? This play is infused with vibrant, infectious, live mariachi music and reminds us how music and love can make the impossible come true. Through Sunday, October 22. 8 pm (2:30 and 8 pm Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 pm Sunday).

Ilana Glazer Live!

Ilana Glazer is mostly known as the co-star/co-creator of the Comedy Central show Broad City. But along with movies and TV, she’s also out here doing her stand-up thing. Her debut stand-up comedy special, The Planet Is Burning, is on Amazon Prime. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Generator Collective, which defines minimal civic engagement and aims to humanize policy through people-powered stories on social media. 8 pm.

Saturday, September 23

Dewberry Farm Fall Festival

Every Saturday and Sunday, Dewberry Farm's Fall Festival will feature fun, pumpkins, food, and over 40 rides and attractions. Visitors can explore the pumpkin patch, paint pumpkins, follow a trail of glowing jack-o-lanterns inside "Pumpkin Hollar!," take photos by the life-sized pumpkin house, spin out on the new Jumping' Jacks ride, meet barnyard animals, and get lost in the 8-acre, Houston Astros-themed corn maze. Through Sunday, November 12. 10 am.

End of Summer Weekend at El Segundo Swim Club

El Segundo Swim Club is a total IYKYK, where locals and hip Houstonians gather for pool parties that are less about raging and IG stories and more about low-key vibes. For the last weekend of the season, the club is offering day passes for $20. Sip on $4 beers, at-cost champagne, and a bunch of great cocktail specials. DJ/podcaster Jason Stewart (who also goes by @themjeans on Instagram – we just thought that was funny) will be keeping everything cool and groovy with his DJ set on Sunday. 11 am (Noon Sunday).

Still Here at East End Backyard

Swishahouse, The Waxx Club, and others are coming together to throw a bash that celebrates 50 years of hip-hop and family. There will be a hip-hop stage where MCs and DJs (along with graffiti artists, who’ll get together for a graff session) will do their thing. But there will also be a synthesized area, where such DJs as DJ Comp 1, Steve Swift, and Joe B will be spinning everything from hip-hop to funk to reggae to soul all through the night. 6 pm.

Houston Museum of African American Culture presents The Art of Making It

This 2022 documentary explores the art-world ecosystem through the prism of young artists at pivotal moments in their careers, revealing the secret sauce that thrusts some into the stratosphere and leaves others struggling to survive. Why does it matter who we anoint to tell the stories of our time? Including the voices of luminaries and disruptors, the film leaves one to question whether the new world order will make art more accessible for all. The screening will be followed by a conversation with producer Debi Wisch. 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 24

Brews & Browse End of Summer Market

This weekend, Urban South HTX will say goodbye to this hot-as-heck season with an end-of-summer market. Bring the entire family out for a fun filled day of surprises including a bounce house, face painting, raffle prizes, market vendors, food, treats, and more. GastroCraft will be there at noon, serving some delicious gastro pub fare. This family, dog-friendly event is free to the public. 1 pm.

Avant-Art Gallery Soft Opening

Aspen-based painter and gallerist Christopher Martin’s eponymous Upper Kirby gallery is changing names and ownership. The high-profile Houston Gallery Row business is being reborn under former Christopher Martin Gallery directors Ally Ondarza and Abigail Henningsen. The gallery will host its soft opening to debut “Emerging Perspectives.” The exhibit will feature artwork from their entire portfolio of artists to share their community vision. Through Saturday, October 14. 2 pm.

Bert Kreischer: Tops Off World Tour

After starring in his very own movie The Machine (where Mark Hamill played his dad!), comedian, actor, podcaster, and author Bert Kreischer is back to take off his shirt and do some good ol’ stand-up. He also has his fifth stand-up special, Razzle Dazzle, on Netflix. Shameless and shirtless as ever, Kreischer spills on bodily emissions, being bullied by his kids, and the explosive end to his family's escape room outing. We’re sure he’ll hit you with more tales of family hell when he hits the Toyota Center stage. 7 pm.

Countdown to Beyoncé: Party, dance, shine – and stretch — at these Houston events honoring Queen Bey

bey there, do that

Houston is just days away from Beyoncé’s big Renaissance tour homecoming this weekend. The lights don’t go down at NRG Stadium until Saturday, September 23, but as Bey’s song says, we like to party. That means plenty of events and food and drink specials to toast the Queen.

Locals in the Beyhive who are still searching for those perfect Bey-inspired looks can show them off at these fun happenings, which include silent disco jams, a huge downtown party, Bey-themed yoga, and a special exhibit of Beyoncé’s most legendary photo.

Break out those flawless silver threads and get ready to slay at these Beyoncé events in Houston.

Thursday, September 21

Color Factory will immerse fans with a Beyoncé playlist running inside its silent disco all weekend long. The immersive art experience has teamed up with Houston legend DJ Rob G to elevate the fan-favorite disco to a party fit for the Queen and her BeyHive. 10 am.

Post Oak Hotelis “Calling All the Single Ladies” to exclusive helipad yoga classes. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed slaying in silver. Tickets are $200 per person and includes access to the pool after class. 5 and 6:45 pm.

02 Loungewill host a video and live music tribute to Beyoncé, presented by The Vibe Curator Keto Gentry The Consultant. It’s also known as a Touch of Silver Ladies Freakum Dress Theme Party. 8 pm.

Friday, September 22

The Warwickserves up two exclusive, Beyoncé-themed cocktails. Sip on a blackberry tequila lemondrop known as Alien Superstar. Later, order up a smooth sidecar riff they call the Pure/Honey Lemonade. 11 am.

Blossom Hotel raises a glass to Beyoncé's H-Town stop with a specially crafted, themed cocktail menu, including the Crazy in Love and the Break My Soul. Bonus points: The Blossom Hotel is less than 10 minutes away from where Blue Ivy’s mom will take center stage. 4 pm.

Nosie Yogiis making a strong pull by bringing back Bey-Asana, the original Beyoncé inspired yoga class. For one night only, participants can stretch in an all-level, non-heated flow session set to Queen Bey’s music. Registration is $20. 6:30 pm.

Saturday, September 23

Tootsies and Nicole Longnecker Gallery will celebrate both Beyoncé and celebrity photographer Markus Klinko. The artist will be in attendance, along with many of his larger-than-life photographs of A-list celebs like David Bowie, Lady GaGa, and Beyoncé, including the iconic cover photo of her debut album Dangerously in Love. Fans can also look forward to a close-up view of Klinko’s Diamond Dust images of Queen Bey in her unforgettable, diamond-studded spiderweb top and jeans — which she says are her favorite. 1 pm.

Radio Milano at The Moran CITYCENTRE presents a Queen Bey Kick Off, offering specialty cocktails inspired by Beyoncé’s greatest hits. Dance and sing along while sipping on such Beyoncé-inspired libations as the Cuff It and the Heated. 4 pm.

The Plaza at Avenida Houston invites the city to Hou Run the World: Beyoncé’s Homecoming Party on the Plaza. This welcome-home bash will feature live music, fireworks, and outdoor fun. Be sure to stick around for the special drone show: More than 400 drones will light up the evening sky, creating Beyoncé-related themes to dazzle viewers. Event runs at The Plaza at Avenida Houston (between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park). 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Sunday, September 24

Bar Boheme treats Bey-loving — and brunch-loving — fans to a special, Renaissance-edition drag brunch. Enjoy delicious brunch fare, live music from DJ Athenz, and a Beyoncé-themed drag show where performers pull out all the stops to Beyoncé hits. Registration is required. 11 am.

Da Hookah Plug Lounge makes a splash with a Beyoncé & Brunch Paint & Sip Special. They’ve got the music to karaoke to, food, hookahs, and more. Guests who wish to paint must RSVP under one of the painting tickets. 12:30 pm.

Bar Louieshakes things up with a perfectly pink diva martini for Beyoncé weekend. Enjoy an array of happy hour specials, including $6 premium liquors, $7 signature martinis, $7 select house cocktails, $6 wine by the glass, 50 percent off select bar bites and more. 4 pm.

Next week: Thursday, September 28

Rooftop Cinema Club goes open air with A Queen Bey Rooftop Party. The night starts at 7 pm, where a DJ will spin tunes as tunes during a pre-game cocktail hour. Then comes a special screening of the 2001 cult classic Carmen: A Hip Hopera — starring a young Beyoncé, natch — and directed by Robert Townsend.

After the film, head to the lounge area for a silent disco/dueling DJ battle featuring electrifying Beyoncé-inspired sets. Choose the channel through the wireless headphones and move to the left, to the left all night. Live DJ set and games run 7 pm-8 pm; movie runs 8 pm-9:30 pm; dueling DJ sets and silent disco run 9:30 pm-11:30 pm.

Houston pizza maestro retools his wildly successful new Heights restaurant after overwhelming response

that's a lot of pizza

Pizza-loving Houstonians have accomplished something that once seemed impossible. They’ve left chef Anthony Calleo speechless — sort of.

The first week of service at Gold Tooth Tony’s, Calleo’s new Detroit-style pizzeria in the Heights, has so vastly exceeded his expectations that he’s had to rethink his plans for operating the restaurant. Even with limited hours of 4-10 pm, it’s been selling out of pizza. As a reminder, Calleo has sold Houstonians a lot of pizza between the Pi Pizza food truck, the Pi Pizza restaurant, and in his current role as executive chef and co-owner of Montrose favorite Rudyard’s.

“I’ve done this before. I’ve sold a bunch of pizza. We know how to do that. The fact that we’re running out of food, we didn't really expect,” Calleo tells CultureMap. “What we thought we’d do in a 14-hour day after a couple months of practice is what we’re doing in a three-and-a-half hour day.”

He adds that on Sunday Gold Tooth Tony’s sold more pizza in a single hour than in any hour he can remember from the Pi days. That’s a lot of pizza for a restaurant that occupies a 1,000-square-foot former doughnut shop.

Having survived a hectic weekend, Calleo closed on Monday and Tuesday to give its cooks a well-deserved break. The restaurant reopened for dinner today (Wednesday, September 20) with dough that he and chef Adam Bitner made for the restaurant.

In the meantime, he’s ordered more pizza pans and is looking into adding a larger walk-in cooler to deal with the unexpected demand. Whatever he decides, it will be done with his staff in mind.

“I’m not going to grind those dudes into dust. They deserve a break. They busted their ass for us at a brand new job,” he says. “They did great, period.”

Part of meeting the demand for pizza means temporarily slimming down the menu by cutting dishes such as queso and mac and cheese. Although Calleo had planned to roll out lunch as soon as this week, the restaurant will remain dinner only for now.

“I didn’t get into this business to tell people no, but it’s mathematics and physics. If I could argue with those, I wouldn’t be a chef — I’d be a super villain,” he says.

Meanwhile, the search has already begun for a second location. Calleo aims to strike while the iron is hot — and Houstonians are eating him out of pizza.