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In a city that loves its locals, rising Austinite star Josh Watkins is a young executive chef who’s not to be taken lightly

Josh Watkins has achieved in his youth an extremely meaty resume that many chefs spend their whole careers trying to build. He appeared on Iron Chef America at the age of 23 and has held positions at some of the most highly regarded restaurants in Texas. But that description can only serve as background for this wunderkind of the kitchen.

He grew up in Austin, but left it as a teenager to hone his craft at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. As a student there, he worked with chef Reed Hearon to open some high-profile restaurants in the city, including the James Beard-winning Rose Pistola.

But if home is where the heart is, Watkins had surely left his heart back in Texas. Returning to the Lone Star State, first at The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, then at Austin’s Driskill Grill, the chef gained experience and blew away his colleagues with culinary prowess beyond his years. At the latter, he worked under Chef David Bull, with whom he developed a lasting relationship and appeared on the aforementioned Iron Chef America.

Today, Chef Watkins serves as the executive chef of Carillon, the restaurant that he opened in June 2008 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center. Since then, the restaurant has achieved widespread acclaim in Austin, as an establishment where the chef “brings a new dimension to simplified elegance through a unique combination of ingredients and a blend of contemporary and classical cooking techniques,” according to his bio on Carillon’s website. The chef also emphasizes the use of local and sustainable ingredients in his cuisine.

The rise of Josh Watkins has coincided with Austin’s transformation into a burgeoning dining city. No one can say for sure whether he’s really led the trend. But his accolades have been well-deserved and numerous, and his youth promises a long and exciting career ahead of him.

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Urban Roots have gamely persisted for over three years and, frankly, occupied the taxi squad of Austin's hunkered-down but remarkably good reggae scene. There's a long way to go before they punch through with a distinctive sound, but the passions and thoughts are aroused. Following a cluster of light (even vaporous) pop-reggae tunes, Roots gets down to "Rastaman Alien," an eye-opening slap at the pretenders in Rastafarian culture who use a dreaded disguise to prey on others and "Victory Cafe" where miscommunication reigns between a band on the make and the poor cul-de-sac of entertainment, restaurant workers. Guitarist Lynette Perkins resurrects the Freeport-bashing "Irian Jaya" off the playlist of the sorely missed Irie Jane to remind detractors that Urban Roots has some steel in their consciousness. A good effort led by Dharana's notable song-smithing. 2 1/2 stars -- Stephen McGuire

One of the Continental Club's `Big 4' happy hour acts has just released its first CD and now all can hear the hubbub 8 1/2 Souvenirs' Euro-swing jazz has created. This is a town whose ethnocentric music roots do not take readily to outside influence, but this band can dance. And with Todd Wulfmeyer's bass and Adam Berlin's drums, there's a strong rockabilly gene pool that mates well with the hillbilly-on-speed and big back beat that constitute the creatures from Austin's id. No wonder, then, that Reinhardt, Gainsborough, and Conte can hang with Tubb, Wills, and Hopkins. Only occasionally do the complexities of Glover Gill's piano and Olivier Giraud's guitar harmonies get a little sideways in tight turns. Otherwise, the melodies soar transcontinental to the smoky dens of Europe and Kathy Kiser's sultry voice. (Alas, she's no longer with the Souvenirs.) Notable is how well the band pulls off their four originals. "Kazango" evokes a touch of Ellington and "Mozzarella Rag" hints at everything. This is party music for the huddled masses. 4 stars -- Stephen McGuire

The R*tist 4*merly Known as Dangerous Toys (DMZ)

From the moment the processed guitar starts reverberating on "Share the Kill," the lead-off track from Dangerous Toys' fourth album (the Austin band's second on the local DMZ), one thing is eminently clear: This is no longer a hair band. The long locks have been left on the Sunset Strip, and the 'dos are now short and cropped -- halfway between industrial crews, and the girlfriend-cut-it alternative chop. The look becomes them, especially main Toy Jason McMaster. Hey, there's a pic of him in the CD booklet, and wait, his hair's. Damn. There goes the metaphor. Well, no matter what length his hair is, it seems McMaster can do little wrong, whether it's with short bursts of burp-gun guitar and guttural vocal menacing ("Take Me Swiftly" "Words on the All," "New Anger") or with mid-tempo, creeping foot-tappers like "Better to Die," or the John Lennon-ish "Transmission." In fact, the only real fault here is that the two distinct styles alternate about every other song, playing havoc sometimes with the album's overall rhythm. Fortunately, the material is strong enough to compensate, and the album artwork puts the whole thing over the top. Long live Prince! 3 stars -- Raoul Hernandez


The Spankers are smart to realize that little can replace the firsthand Spankers experience, whereby witnessing nearly a dozen musicians collaborate so tightly actually results in acoustically making the point that their takes on traditional country/blues material are truly more difficult than they're making them appear. So for take-home product, this live tape is virtually unbeatable. Side one is actually a beautifully recorded KUT "Live Set," while side two features a slightly busier Continental Club taping, and together both sides are consistently challenging in influences (Gershwin to Dixon) and delivery (the lethal voices of Christina Marrs and Guy Forsyth). But while there's nary a dull moment in between, it's how Live starts and ends that makes this tape so instantly memorable by introducing the band one-by-one on the opening blues stomp, "Mama Don't Allow," the listener feels the comfort of knowing the Spankers intimately by the time Wammo ends the tape with the show-stopping anthemic sarcasm of "Children of the Cornuts." Nothing officially Unplugged ever sounded this much fun. 4 stars -- Andy Langer

Fusion in general, and fusion guitar in particular, have always been knocked for having no heart. The men who play it can blaze, but it feels like they're doing it by rote -- like they learned it in a class, memorized it, and then spit it back out just the way it was in the book. Replicant guitar. A good, sometimes great, facsimile, but icy cold and mechanical underneath. Mitch Watkins is not in need of "retirement" (to borrow some Blade Runner terminology), but much of this album is. Pity, too, because when Watkins really let's loose, and hits a groove he can whale with the best of them. The opener "Big Surf" is a nice head rush, but "Tinkertoys" gets red reactor hot, and it feels like Watkins has hit delicious meltdown. "Jamferallya," does a lazy, Caribbean ragga that's pleasant enough. Good electrical pulse, all three of them. The other seven, unfortunately, feel like computer-generated spew. Like some studio pro with a few hours off, Watkins has the fleet fingers, but somebody better check his pulse. Replicants have no heart. 2 stars -- Raoul Hernandez

The best thing I can say about Spot (the band, not the iconoclastic producer) is that they sound like perennial winners of "Battle of the Band" contests sponsored by companies that make bad beer. The band is reasonably talented, but they don't seem to have much to say that hasn't already been said by other cute D/FW popsters like Tripping Daisy. Though the heavily-rotated single "Moon June Spoon" might be enough to keep you from changing stations, listening to the full-length album is like chewing on a piece of wax candy without the colored sugar water. 1 1/2 stars -- Greg Beets

Guy Forsyth is a decent songwriter who plays a mean harp and a dirty slide, but his biggest asset as a bandleader is his charisma. He demonstrates it every week, fronting both the Asylum Street Spankers and his own blues combo. Unfortunately, it doesn't always come across on Needlegunneedlegun . The record has its moments, including the bouncy, chilled-out Slim Harpo groove of "Taxi" and a gritty Delta stomp called "Son's House," but most cuts are the kind of working-class blues that always sound better in person. Another mark of a good bandleader is knowing when to step aside, as Forsyth does when he yields the mike to bassist Gil "T" Isais on the raucous, Cramps-like cover of Lieber & Stoller's "I'm a Hog for You" and Isais' own rockin' "The One That Got Away." Forsyth better be looking over his shoulder, though, because his bassist's tunes are the best on the album. 2 1/2 stars -- Chris Gray

Lost Train of Thought (Dejadisc)

Timeless. Such a beautiful word, it makes you think of things you'll always have with you -- a first love, holding hands in the back seat, your mom soothing the hair out of your eyes, hugging your father after a terrible fight, a quiet waltz after midnight, or falling asleep in your lover's arms. Lost Train of Thought, Hubbard's little-seen '92 indie release, is so evocative of those emotions, so honest and plain, it should have been released 35 years ago when it would have gotten the respect and attention it deserves. As it is now, it's such a welcome respite from today's instantly-dated music -- country and otherwise -- that listening to it for the first time is exactly like listening to it for the twelfth. Or twenty-fourth. Nothing fancy here, just good old-time honky-tonk music -- the kind that reminds you of lost love, missed chances, and things to come. It's sad, yes, but also eminently hopeful and comfortable as an old pair of cowboy boots. This is what country music should sound like -- always. 4 stars -- Chris Gray

If the T-Birds' Roll of the Dice weren't so fabulous, Mr. Freeze would be the best harp-based blues record out right now. As it is, it's still damn fine. Primich evokes the aforementioned T-Birds, Chuck Berry, Bob Wills, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Huey "Piano" Smith, Little Walter and just about anybody else worth mentioning without ripping any of them off, so that right there says something. Many a bluesman gets so caught up in paying homage to his idols he's little more than a mouthpiece others flirt with so many different forms of the blues they never find their own voice. Primich is one of the lucky ones who can sound familiar and fresh at the same time. Take it from the title: Mr. Freeze is cool. 3 1/2 stars -- Chris Gray

Bad Girls Upset by the Truth (Monkey Hill)

If you've ever had the courage to fall in love with a bad girl, you've likely left a good girl somewhere bitter, hurt, and angry. In that case, you fall into that category of men who bother Jo Carol Pierce even more than the ones who haven't taken the leap. But whichever side of the coin you fall on, Bad Girls. will rip your heart up and strip you bare. Buoyed by the needle-sharp poetics of a songwriter who can wound your soul and then dress the damage with honeysuckle, this disc examines the bittersweet ups and downs that haunt those in our midst "with a great capacity for love ." Featuring support from co-producer Troy Campbell, David Halley, and Stephen Bruton -- among others -- Bad Girls' songs are poignantly surreal, two parts pang and one part twang with the whole homespun recipe cooked over a slow torch. As a successful piece of theatre with a Pierce(ing) narration, Bad Girls. was riveting. On record, Jo Carol and friends score big. The grit-laden honesty and naïve innocence that breed effectively in Jo Carol Pierce's voice ring just as true in her lyrics. Better still, Bad Girls. offers an equal dose of humor. Pierce's own "Buttons of Your Skin" as the bonus track is the clincher in a collection that already idles in overdrive. 3 1/2 stars -- Abel Salas

His cheery funk may be unabashedly accessible, but when interchangeable gangstas are what's selling, A Better Funk proves Austin's MC Overlord's no sellout. By matching a fluid delivery with a host of Bizzness-bred session players who provide real guitar grooves, Overlord's built an excellent vehicle for the rare verse-chorus-verse rap -- more New Jack Soul than New Jack Swing. And even when Overlord stumbles over a pretentious storyline or unnecessarily complex rhythm, he'll quickly return with something surprisingly effective like a duet with David Garza on "The Judge." In any event, commercial or not, A Better Funk feels less like a debut then it does the work of a seasoned pro. 3 stars -- Andy Langer

The Tejano-country cross-breed storms into the mainstream with the debut effort from yet another Arista signee. Produced with perhaps just a little too much polish by San Antone's Michael Morales along with his brother Ron and country veteran Chris Waters, this disc launches a musical career and puts Nava on the map in the league with Ricky Trevino and Emilio Navara. And while Nava performs adequately on the Tejano tunes like "Para Que?" and "Yo Me Ando Preparando," it's the soft Spanish or English country ballads where he really shines. Two tracks, in particular, can be singled out here: "Abrazame," penned by the Morales brothers and "Eternal Flame," a classic by Frankie Miller and Jerry Lynn Williams. Overall, Nava proves country and Tejano have a definite future in the bizarre melding of styles and genres that seems to guide the visionary producers and engineers. A stand-out song, "Ella," by the renowned Golden Era mariachi composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, is a fitting conclusion. Morales arrangements have turned a time-honored, tequila-sucking tear-jerker from the Fifties into a signature ballad that floats on a melodic sea of single string guitar strums. 2 1/2 stars -- Abel Salas

Bacon, Lettuce & Tornado (Sector 2)

Peglegasus originally released this album three years ago on Houston's Angry Neighbor label. Though the band has grown tighter and harder since, Bacon, Lettuce & Tornado manages to capture a pleasant, subdued dimension of the band that often goes unnoticed at their live shows. Peglegasus weaves hints of San Francisco psychedelia, peyote-tinged country, and mid-Eighties independence into a warm, wandering soundscape that just flows right past you like billboards from a speeding car. Meanwhile, the lyrics spin quixotically and conspiratorial tales of moth men and government-concealed aliens called "Grays." You even get bassist Mike Watt guesting on "Burma Rhode." While Peglegasus' sound is rooted in pop, each separate-but-parallel element of the band adds uncommon depth to the music. Color this one a romp. 3 1/2 stars -- Greg Beets

What's to say about this vinyl double album that you wouldn't say about any ST-37 release (or performance, for that matter)? It's more new space-rock, a moody, swirly blend of Hawkwind and Butthole Surfers, and it lends itself well to the taking of mind-altering chemicals. It's slower and less raucous than most of the band's recent releases, almost creating a Grateful Dead on Mars sense of literal "space jamming" with its excessive length working in this case (though I suggest the "buddy system" -- one of you trips, the other flips and changes the records -- to prevent personal injury and damage to the product). Also worth mentioning is the nice packaging and really cool, mysterious artwork that reminds you of the days when you would actually stare at the cover while you listened to your albums. 3 stars -- Ken Lieck


Valley of the Kings (Justice)

Houston drummer Sebastion Whittaker leads a hard bop quartet as they explore the relation of the blues and spirituals to traditional jazz. The band conjures a sombre presentation reminiscent of the work of John Coltrane's quartet during the mid-Sixties. With an identical lineup of tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums, the Creators turn back the clock to revive true soul music. Slight improvisation by each soloist enhances the concentration on thematic deliberation. Titles such as "Hear My Prayer," "Why Me," and "Too Sensitive" illustrate the emotional emphasis of Whittaker's writing. His compositions contemplate the foundation of life itself with the temperament of each piece relying on the fruit of introspection. Shelley Carrol Paul's saxophone work dominates the inflection of the album with the other three instruments providing the rhythmic background for her heartful expression. In a quest to discover the roots of his own musical conception, Whittaker succeeds in his representation of the African-American experience. 3 1/2 stars -- Rashied Gabriel

With Radar , Silos lead man Humara has rendered a solo effort that reassures the world of his talents sans the band, yet sounds a loud alarm concerning his mental health. No, the dear shimmer-pop prince is not falling off the Marilyn Manson cliff nor is he in danger of being locked away for severe bipolarity. As happens to many a good Angeleno, he is physically, emotionally, and spiritually besieged. Staying true to himself, the riffs here are shiny and catchy, as bright as the Santa Monica day, belying any hint of despair within a thousand miles. But the lyrical and thematic undercurrents run blacker, thicker, and deeper than Texas crude. Humara's riffs are a big smile disguising abject fear and paranoia as he keeps his radar on at all times, still unable to distinguish friends from foes. A distinct thread runs throughout this episodic and rather operatic LP. Humara is seeking a companion. He has his sights on someone, but is too scared to make any physical or emotional assertions. The ending is happy and upbeat, but the means to that end is arduous and exhausting. Like La Boheme , Radar is simultaneously a well-rendered slice of life and acute comment on the sad state of human affairs. 3 1/2 stars -- Joe Mitchell

Rockabilly Filly (Hightone)

Austin, Texas -- rockabilly sinkhole of the world. Yes, I hear Ms. Flores no longer resides in this sinkhole, but from the sound of this album, wherever the heck she plants her person nowadays, her mind hasn't strayed too far away. She's obviously a stellar student of a certain Austin School of Music which allows you to sing songs as empty and barren as Phil Gramm's head if you (A) stick to the letter of a tired, worn-to-the-bone musical genre (B) use a 20-day delay on your vocals (C) get a hot guitar player and (D) put on a sassy and/or dangerous front. Live, these elements may fool a soddened audience, but on a recording, it's downright irritating, legendary guests or no. And I don't know where Flores got these songs, but I wish she'd put them back or give them to someone who might infuse them with the irony they're beggin' for. In the meantime, quit beatin' this dead filly. 1 1/2 stars -- Joe Mitchell

Siegel hits home with some excellent ideas here, but unfortunately doesn't run as far with them as this reviewer would like. The songwriting on Angels Aweigh is flawless, displaying an acute social eye, a sharp sense of humor, and a big heart. But the slick presentation on a few cuts gets in the way of the writing, destroying any virtue that may have originally flowed from the pen. Siegel would do himself justice by sticking to the simplistic "one little man in a big room" sound found on "The Secret" and "Train Song" rather than bringing on the entire band for some overbearing grandiosity as he does on "Let Me Touch Your Dress" and "The Silvertones." Still, the shortcomings here are somewhat compensated for by the poetic title cut. If an Austin single this year deserved Grammy hyperbole, it would be "Angels Aweigh." Despite the sheer beauty of this cut, it can't quite turn a good record into an excellent one. I'm hoping for a one man/one guitar album by Mr. Siegel. That way he can show his ample substance without getting bogged down by form. 3 stars -- Joe Mitchell

Pomegranate (Pomegranate/Bar None)

Still the unwavering vision of feelgoodmeister Frank Orrall, Poi Dog Pondering relocated to Chicago a couple of years ago and recharged with some new members (Susan Voelz and Dave Crawford remain). A band whose live shows transcended their stiff recordings until the liberating "Jackass Ginger" from Volo Volo , Poi Dog has also learned some new tricks. Pomegranate is a delicious bite of reality, as tart and sweet as the fruit it is named after. For as much as Orrall keeps his sound sinewy and taut, the easy grace of his lyrics are layered by lush rhythms and invite the listener to taste of the songs like "Sandra at the Beach," "Catacombs," and the David Byrne-ish "Za Shulu Za." Though they never fell from favor, Poi Dog has redeemed itself admirably with a tidal wave of liquid, aural delight. 4 stars -- Margaret Moser

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Mexican Lasagna

How delicious does this Mexican lasagna look? Seriously, my entire family enjoyed it. Keep reading to find out more, and to grab my recipe for Mexican lasagna.

I am by no means an expert in the kitchen. In fact, this is one shortcoming that really plagues me as a mom.

Recently, I’ve been making an effort to put more wholesome, home-cooked meals on my family’s table. In fact, you may have noticed a new category on my blog called food stories. I’ve made it a personal goal to cook more, and to experiment in the kitchen, and to keep myself accountable I am going to be blogging about this journey.

There are so many times when I am at a loss for dinner ideas, so I’m almost always thumbing through the scrumptious photos of food on Pinterest. Today while I sat in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, I used the Pinspiration app on my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone to search for tonight’s meal inspiration.

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

I chose a yummy-looking mexican lasagna recipe pinned from A Couple Cooks as my starting point, and opened up the Shared Shopping List app to jot down the ingredients that I would need to pick up from the grocery store.

I love the Shared Shopping List app because if I can’t make it to the store, I can share my grocery list with my husband’s Windows Phone, and he can pick up items for me on his way home from work! I make lists for him perhaps far more often than he would like. :)

I adapted the Mexican lasagna recipe to meet my family’s preferences. Having a toddler, the first thing I cut out was the hot sauce.

The original Mexican lasagna recipe also did not call for ground beef, but we are pretty big meat eaters in this house, so I decided to incorporate it into the dish. Ground turkey would also be a delicious choice.’

From Pinterest to plate, I love being able to scout recipes and make grocery lists with my Windows Phone. It also made me feel so good inside seeing my family devour this dish — it was really good! I feel like tonight I had a parenting win, and I am not even more motivated to continue making family meals and family meal time a priority in my life.

I hope you enjoy this great Mexican lasagna recipe, my family certainly did!

For a Dear Museum: Love, Hallmark

It could be a greeting card commercial. A major corporation compiles a stunning multimillion-dollar photography collection and then decides to give it away. Museums around the world covet it, yet the corporation chooses a hometown institution. You can almost hear the music swell as the museum director wipes a tear of gratitude from his eye.

"We did it," the corporation says, "because we care enough to give the very best."

Fade out to the company logo -- a golden crown, perhaps? It's a fictitious scene, but the facts are close to the fantasy. Last month the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., acquired the complete Hallmark Photographic Collection, considered the broadest and most important private holding of American photography. It consists of 6,500 images by 900 artists, and has an estimated market value of $65 million. Hallmark Cards made a significant portion of the collection a gift to the museum, which then purchased the balance with a donation from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

"I think this is just a great story," said Peter Galassi, chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, where exhibitions have helped shape the understanding of photography as an art. "It's an absolute model of corporate philanthropy. A good solid company that doesn't make bombs, that doesn't destroy the environment, hired an extremely competent curator and gave him enough money to build this thing."

The collection spans the history of photography from 1839 to the present, with virtually all the major American players and the full range of artistic and technical achievements represented.

"The Nelson-Atkins henceforth has a photography collection that, for quality and scope, is among the serious collections in the United States," Mr. Galassi said.

The Hallmark Photographic Collection was born in 1964 with the company's acquisition of 141 prints by Harry Callahan, which were mounted in a one-man exhibition at the newly opened Hallmark Gallery at 720 Fifth Avenue, often cited as the first corporate art gallery in Manhattan.

The collection was a mere 650 images, although enviable ones, by 40 photographers in 1979, when Keith F. Davis became Hallmark's fine art programs director. "There were superb Harry Callahans, 180 or so works," Mr. Davis said in a telephone interview from Kansas City. "Walker Evans, Steichen, Cunningham, Strand. The foundation was a surprisingly strong, deep holding."

Essentially given free rein, Mr. Davis could follow his tastes and enthusiasms in adding to the collection, as long as the works were American. "There were no guidelines, no list of forbidden subjects," he said. "Rather, it was the company's belief that photography was an important art form, and why not have a collection of significant works that are important and that the public would like to see and should see?"

It was Mr. Davis's creative interpretation of the definition of "American" that broadened the collection, Mr. Galassi said. "Man Ray, who is American-born but did great work in Europe, counts," he said. "Andre Kertesz and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy count as American, too, though both were born in Europe."

Among the collection's holdings are 320 works by Callahan, believed to be the largest number in the world 237 by Kertesz 161 by Todd Webb 127 by Clarence John Laughlin 88 by Dorothea Lange 84 by Carl Van Vechten and smaller portfolios by artists ranging from Southworth & Hawes, Carleton Watkins and Timothy O'Sullivan to Lee Friedlander, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

Many of the works are instantly recognizable: Lange's "Migrant Mother," taken in 1936 in Nipomo, Calif. A 1945 print of Joe Rosenthal's indelible "Flag Raising on Iwo Jima." The only known exhibition print of Alvin Langdon Coburn's 1912 "House of a Thousand Windows."

And "Fleeing a Dust Storm," Arthur Rothstein's stark image of a farmer and his two sons walking in the face of a 1936 dust storm in Cimarron County, Okla. "It's the most beautiful vintage print I've ever seen," Mr. Davis said. "We really do have those benchmarks."

While the Hallmark Photographic Collection inevitably draws comparisons to the renowned Gilman Paper Company Collection, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired last year, they differ significantly, Mr. Galassi said.

"The key strength of the Gilman is in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century, and it's international," he said. "The Hallmark Collection is American and it goes through the whole history of photography and is more evenly distributed. Probably its greatest strength is the mid-20th century."

Mr. Davis called the collections "interestingly different, and yet comparable in a variety of ways."

"The Gilman collection is wonderful," he said. "They paved the way for the recognition of the unique value of the rarest, finest, most beautiful works. Their example has truly changed the way that corporations collect."

A photograph from that collection fetched a record price on Tuesday, when the Met put 113 lots of photographs, including works from the Gilman collection that duplicated the museum's previous holdings, on the block at Sotheby's. "The Pond -- Moonlight" (1904), a platinum print by Edward Steichen, sold for more than $2.9 million, a record for a photograph at auction. It was bought anonymously by a private collector.

The arrival of the Hallmark Photographic Collection at the Nelson-Atkins coincides with the museum's addition of the 165,000-square-foot, $200 million Bloch Building, a gallery and research center to be completed next year. Mr. Davis is to become its curator of photography while continuing to oversee the 3,200 works in the Hallmark Fine Art Collection.

"Overnight, we suddenly have a resource in photography," said Marc F. Wilson, the museum's director and chief executive. "And not only one of the great collections, but also an entire department to go with it. In the end it's the people of this region who will benefit."

In a broad swath of the Midwest -- an oval sweeping from Des Moines, Iowa, to Columbia, Mo., to Oklahoma City and the Kansas-Colorado line -- the Nelson-Atkins is often the first, and sometimes the only, art museum residents visit. "All of a sudden, this huge midsection of the United States has a publicly available asset," Mr. Wilson said. "Photography is very nonthreatening for a museum. There is no psychological or intellectual barrier. We've all snapped a picture. So, for me, that opens a wonderfully accessible window onto the rest of the museum. I hope visitors go from the photography gallery to the African gallery and the American Indian gallery and the Asian gallery."

Donald J. Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards, has long served on the museum's board, but Mr. Wilson said he never assumed the collection would end up there. In the last 25 years, the collection has circulated in more than 60 exhibitions to 200 museums around the world.

Still, "we had always harbored the hope that it would eventually come to us," Mr. Wilson said, adding, "Just from the moral side, I know that Hallmark leadership cares about the museum and the cultural life of our city enormously."

Or as Mr. Hall put it, "We selected them because we like them."

It's Elementary for Austin's Dear Watkins - Recipes

The School District of Elmbrook's School Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves. On Tuesday, May 25 the Board will host a Citizens' Forum at Brookfield Central High School from 6pm-7pm. The forum will be recorded and posted on the District website for viewing. The process and agenda can be viewed here: elmbrook/Board.nsf/Public

Sneha Sil (Brookfield Central) and Rishav Kumar (Brookfield East) were both selected as winners for a $2,500 scholarship from the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sil and Kumar are two of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees that were chosen from a talent pool of some 16,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sneha's post-secondary opportunities will focus on Biochemistry and Rishav's focus will be in Business Administration.

On May 7, Brookfield Central Seniors Logan Schauer and Daniel Wieter took home the silver in the 2021 Technicians of Tomorrow (ADAMM) Automotive Competition Finals! Logan and Daniel competed against five other teams from Southeastern Wisconsin in a hands-on performance held at the Greater Milwaukee International Car & Truck Show at State Fair Pair. Additionally, their instructor Mr. Barry Ritchey (Applied Technology, BCHS) took first place in the Instructor Competition at the event!

The School District of Elmbrook's Board of Education confirmed the Administration's recommendation of Brandon Buchmann as Associate Principal of Wisconsin Hills Middle School at its regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 11.

The School District of Elmbrook's Board of Education confirmed the Administration's recommendation of Marian Pintar as Associate Principal of Dixon Elementary School at its regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 11.

In April, three Elmbrook Robotics teams took home major awards at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)! Team Hazmat, The GEarheads, and the Rising Rhinobots all took home amazing accolades from their work at the competition. Additionally, BEAST Robotics (a Brookfield Central/Brookfield East co-op) was recently announced as a finalist in the FIRST Infinite Recharge Skills Competition.

Brookfield Central Junior, Jahnavi Hansaria, was recently selected to be a member of the Hope Squad National Council. Hansaria will be the first student representing the state of Wisconsin on the Council which consists of 20 students from across the country.

The Bronzeville Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded and run by five Brookfield East alumni that is addressing food insecurity in Milwaukee. Solomon Stewart (BEHS Class of 2019), Donavan Hunt (BEHS Class of 2020), Samer Bilal (BEHS Class of 2019), Cole Barnes (BEHS Class of 2019), and Cameron Bauer (BEHS Class of 2018) formed friendships during their time at Elmbrook that has transformed into taking action to help others.

If you are a restaurant owner looking to get involved, or an individual looking to donate to or volunteer with the Foundation, you can connect with and learn more about Bronzeville and upcoming events by clicking here.

The 2020-21 school has been one unlike any other, and it took the work of everyone to make it possible for our students both in-person and virtually. To honor the work of all staff members that contributed so much to making the 2020-21 school year possible, the over 900 nominations for the Engaged in Excellence Awards were combined to construct a moving letter to all Elmbrook staff that was read by administrators, staff, students, and parents.

Do You Need an Idea for A Recycled Gift?

Do you need an idea for a recycled gift. You know…taking something that you aren’t using and recreating it to make something wonderful and the perfect gift? Well…I may be able to help you with this favorite gift idea!

I love Christmas. If you know me well, you know this. I’m in love with all of it. The baking, decorating, shopping, entertaining, creating, gifting, gift wrapping…


This favorite gift was in the creating part of that list.

We have always made gifts for each other at Christmas. It began in early married days and continues with all of us. It ALWAYS touches my heart. Oh, my goodness, that’s for another day.

I was off to a convention. (Pre Pandemic). With beloved friends from across the country. The gifts I needed had to be lightweight. Easy to pack. Economical. Full of heart. The perfect gift for those sweet friends.

It had to speak from my heart to theirs.

I looked through my supplies.

*Glue sticks. Or double sided tape. Check.

And…how to package them?

I had scads of CD cases left from another project that needed a bit of recycling. Perfect for becoming a new recipe holder. Enter Recycled gift idea.

*CD cases. Check. *If you don’t have any to recycle, purchase ones where the CD holder part is removable, so that both sides of the case are flat.


  1. I began by selecting my favorite Christmas recipes. I chose 7 favorites.
  2. Next, I chose my font and typed them into a word document.
  3. I sized them to print perfectly onto the cardstock or photo cards. *I had photo cards, so that’s what I used. Cardstock will work perfectly for this.
  4. I cut each recipe down to 4 x 4 1/2″ with the paper cutter.
  5. I cut scrapbook paper to fit perfectly into the CD case. 5 1/2 x 4 3/4″.
  6. I glued the recipes to the scrapbook paper. NOTE: use double sided tape if you have issues with the texture of the scrapbook paper adhering.
  7. Design a front cover and print onto photo paper or cardstock cut and add to scrapbook paper.
  8. Insert all into the CD case and you are done! If your CD case has a circle for the CD, see if the circle part will pop out so that both sides of the case are smooth.
Don’t forget to save all of your files! Trust me this new favorite gift will be used again!

Recycling at its best. Little bits of scrapbook paper that now have purpose. An overabundance of CD cases that become amazing holders. Favorite recipes for others to enjoy. Perfect. All equals an amazing recycled gift project.

And can I tell you? It would be the perfect gift for a wedding shower…or a housewarming…or a birthday…or family recipes for family members…the list is endless!

The FAVORITE gift to give and to receive.

And then share it with me!!

How could I leave without sharing a favorite recipe in the collection?

This recipe was given to me years ago by a dear friend. It has been prepared and served for so many years. It’s a Christmas staple and had to be included in that recipe collection. It heralds in the holidays and stays with us through the cold winter months. Give it a try. A family favorite from my home to yours. Hope you enjoy it!

Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia and graduated from Benjamin Elijah Mays High School in 1989. [2] Her father, Abdul Ali, is of Bengali descent, and her mother, Ava Thomas, is African American. Thomas, who had been raised by her mother, later allowed the Sally Jessy Raphael television talk show to air footage of her meeting her father for the first time in 1996, when she was 25. [3] [4]

When she was a child, her great grandmother, whom she called Big Mama, took her to the Seventh-day Adventist Church [5] [6]

1991–present: TLC Edit

Thomas was first a dancer for Damian Dame. In 1991, she joined TLC, replacing founding member Crystal Jones, and was nicknamed "Chilli" by Lisa Lopes so that the group could retain the name TLC. The group went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide and became the best-selling American girl group of all-time only the Spice Girls has sold more. [7] Chilli has won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC. [8]

Since the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in April 2002, Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins have occasionally performed as a duo. In 2009, Thomas and Watkins performed a series of concerts in Asia. [ citation needed ]

In late 2011, VH1 announced plans to produce a biopic on TLC to air in 2013. [9] Thomas and Watkins have signed on as producers. Actress and singer Keke Palmer portrayed Thomas in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. [10]

In 2019, Thomas lost her voice and was ordered by doctors not to sing. TLC then had to cancel their singing for the California State Fair and the Stanislaus State Fair. [11]

Solo career Edit

Thomas began working on her solo album in 2000 after the completion of promotion for TLC's third album, FanMail (1999). She ceased production when work began on the next TLC album, 3D (2002). In 2006, rumors circulated that she had signed a four-album deal with singer/rapper Akon's label Kon Live Distribution. She later denied these reports and confirmed that she was entertaining offers from other record labels. It was confirmed that the name of the album would be titled Bi-Polar, but due to scheduling conflicts and constant delays, the album was shelved. The album was once rumored to include work by Missy Elliott as well as tracks produced by T-Pain and Tricky Stewart. Certain tracks that were intended for the album were leaked from 2006 to 2008. A track titled "Gameproof", which featured her TLC bandmate T-Boz, was leaked in spring 2006. On February 16, 2007, "Straight Jack", a track featuring Missy Elliott and produced by Polow da Don was leaked. The track entered the Deutsche Black Chart in at #35. [12] In early April 2008, Thomas's first official solo single, "Dumb, Dumb, Dumb" was released. [13]

In 2012, Thomas appeared as the leading lady in R&B singer Tyrese's music video for his single "Nothing On You."

In January 2016, she released a new solo single, "Body", which served to promote her new fitness workout campaign. [14]

Thomas made guest appearances on television shows such as The Parkers, Single Ladies, That 70s Show, Living Single and Strong Medicine. In 1992, she made a brief cameo in the video for "Jump" by Kriss Kross. In 2000, she was featured in the made-for-television movies A Diva's Christmas Carol and Love Song (with close friend Monica), and in the film Snow Day. In 2001, she co-starred in the action film Ticker, directed by Albert Pyun and House Party 3. She also played a small role in the 1998 film Hav Plenty. In 2011, Thomas made cameo appearances throughout the first season of VH1's Single Ladies. She appeared again on the show's second season performing her unreleased track, "Flirt", written by Tiyon "TC" Mack and produced by Soundz.

In 2005, Thomas and Watkins looked for a new TLC member in the reality series R U The Girl. [15] In June 2009, VH1 announced the airing of a reality TV series starring Thomas. The series, What Chilli Wants, which documents Thomas's quest to find love and manage her life with the help of love and relationship expert Tionna Tee Smalls, premiered on April 11, 2010. [16] The second season of What Chilli Wants premiered on January 2, 2011. [17]

In 2013, Thomas became a member of "Team Guy" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. She also appeared naked in a PETA anti-circus ad campaign. [18] Thomas also appeared on episode 14 of WWE Countdown where she spoke about The Rock. [19] Thomas was a judge for truTV's reality series Fake Off which premiered on October 27, 2014. [15]

In 2016, it was announced she had joined the cast of the film Marshall which is a biopic on the life of Thurgood Marshall she plays Zora Neale Hurston. [20]

At age 20, Thomas became pregnant by producer Dallas Austin however due to career aspirations and the outside pressures, she aborted the pregnancy. She later revealed that she regretted the decision. Thomas and Austin continued their relationship, and would later have one son, Tron Austin (born June 2, 1997). In 2001, Thomas began dating Usher, after she starred in his music videos for "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". Their relationship lasted for two years: they broke up in December 2003, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher's fourth album, Confessions. His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs. [21] In an interview on The Bert Show on the Atlanta radio channel Q100 on February 17, 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me. I will never be with him again, and that is that". [22] Usher defended: "it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain't what broke it up". [21]

Rozonda credits Doug Bachelor and Amazing Facts on television for making a difference on her walk with God. She later met and talked to Doug Bachelor at the National Religion Broadcasters Convention in Nashville [5] [6]

Thomas and the rest of the members of TLC were big proponents of encouraging safe sex. For the music video of the song, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" Thomas and other band members wore condoms on their clothing. In 2003, Thomas and Watkins teamed up with Agouron Pharmaceuticals to create a national education program about HIV/AIDS. The program supplied people with information about HIV/AIDS, including prevention and treatment. [23]

In 2012, Thomas started a non-profit organization called Chilli's Crew. The organization is an Atlanta program targeted to help girls between the ages of 13-17 with self-esteem issues. [24]

She also markets a line of handbags called Bags by Chilli. [25]

In 2013, Thomas took a stand against cyberbullying after her son Tron was a victim. The gossip site targeted Thomas's son because of his apparel and questioned his sexuality. In response, Thomas created a petition through to get the article deleted from the site and to stop staff members from gossiping about minors entirely. In her petition, she described what cyberbullying is and statistics about some of the victims. The site ended up removing the article and issuing an apology to her son. [26]

In December 2018, Thomas was chosen to be a model for DAYO luxury loungewear. [27]

10 Kabob Recipes for Summer

Want to make dinnertime more fun this summer? Make kabobs! What’s better than eating a meal on a stick? Chicken, pork, shrimp, and steak, you can use what type of protein your family enjoys. They can even be made vegetarian if you’re trying to come up with a meatless meal. During the summer when we [&hellip]

Delicious Dips Your Friends Will Love

Fun fact, I love any type of dip. Onion, spinach artichoke, cheese, crab, guacamole… my taste buds don’t judge. When I’m having friends over and I want to keep things simple, I always whip up a few dips. They’re easy to make and always popular. “I started making this because my youngest son loves Feta [&hellip]

15 Recipes To Get You Through Tax Day

Whether you’re celebrating a return or have to open up your wallet, these 15 recipes will help you get through tax day. There are budget-friendly snacks if you have to watch your wallet. A few tasty cocktails to whip up because if any day deserves a drink, it’s tax day. Chocolate makes everything better, so [&hellip]

Watch the video: Its elementary my dear Wattson (July 2022).


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