KGA and Cancer Below the Belt Return to the Weird Homes Tour

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The Third Annual Weird Homes Tour Returns to Houston October 6, 2018
This One-Day-Only Event Showcases Houston’s Most Extraordinary Living Spaces

HOUSTON, Texas— Weird Homes Tour is pleased to announce its return to Houston for its third annual event on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This one-of-a-kind journey takes attendees throughout Houston and into some of this city’s most extraordinary homes. Weird Homes Tour returns to Houston after expanding nationwide, with the tour in its original hometown of Austin, plus inaugural tours in New Orleans, Detroit, and Portland.

The Weird Homes Tour is self-paced and self-driving tour of eight of Houston’s most remarkable homes. Take a peek into the lives of Houstonians who have blurred the line between art space and living space and live amongst a breathtaking array of art and unique collections. Tickets are $30 to see all but one of the homes, spread across different neighborhoods in Houston, and $55 to unlock access to the VIP home of Will Breaux, the newly finished McGowen Container House, incorporating 11 shipping containers to create 3 stories of living space. VIP ticket buyers also get a complimentary copy of Weird Homes Tour’s recently released bestselling coffee table book, Weird Homes: The People and Places That Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful. Weird Homes Tour a family friendly event where kids 13 and under can tour for free.

Other new homes on the tour include the High Water House of Drew and Pam Shefman (son and daughter-in-law of Weird Homes Tour veteran, Sue Shefman) and The House of Luminosity, the studio and home of glass artist, Kim Clark Renteria. Located in the flood prone Meyerland neighborhood, High Water House is an ordinary mid-century modern home made extraordinary when the couple decided to lift it 10 feet into the air. This has led to an interesting and unusual use of space under the home. The House of Luminosity is filled with vibrant colors and the mosaic and stained glass work of its owner.

The homes on the tour will be those of artists, collectors of oddities, rare art collectors, and more, and only visitors of the Weird Homes Tour will get a glimpse inside the walls of these truly unique Houston spaces. Returning favorites on the tour include Kelly Gale Amen’s KGA Compound at the Historic Dakota Lofts, which is filled with the juxtaposition of extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together. Amen’s home and his contribution to the lobby of the Dakota Lofts with commissioned paintings to bring awareness to his charity, Cancer Below the Belt, is inspired by the awareness of living with what we love, the awareness of repurposed living spaces and the awareness of finding a path for one’s health and adventure. Also returning this year are Selia Qyinn’s Secret Garden whose backyard oasis is tucked away on three quarters of an acre in Spring Branch; The Artist’s Haven, the art studio/living space of celebrated artist, Sharon Kopriva’s who, for more than thirty years, has combined two- and three-dimensional media often with fusions of papier-mâché and found objects, and is known for creating mummy-like, haunting sculptural pieces; Sue Shefman’s Hippolotofus Home with her collection of over 2000 hippos, including her well-known hippo art car; and The Art House of Bonnie Blue, where the home itself is the canvas for her unique folk creations.
The tour will give back by donating a portion of all ticket sales to local affordable housing charity, New Hope Housing, an organization whose core purpose is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. This will be the second year to partner with this deserving organization. Weird Homes Tour supports their vision to be an enduring institution serving Houston’s most vulnerable citizens. Learn more at www.newhopehousing.com.
The Weird Homes Tour was founded in Austin in 2014 by Chelle and David J. Neff who had a vision to showcase the places that make Austin fun, irreverent, strange and dynamic. After the first successful tours in Austin, the Neffs brought the Weird Homes Tour to Houston in 2016, and it has now expanded nationwide. The coffee table book is available on Amazon for $16.99.
https://www.amazon.com/Weird-Homes-People-Strangely-Wonderful/dp/1510723609/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

ABOUT WEIRD HOMES TOUR:
We are a social impact start-up, created by a team of event veterans that takes care of our people, our planet and makes a profit. We were founded in 2014 and held our first tour in Austin that same year. We take our profits and put them back into our communities by investing in smart, well-run nonprofits and other social impact businesses. We promise to value what makes Austin and Houston great. We exist to share the story of past, present, and future culture of Houston, as well as preserving and protecting what’s unique in this great city. For more information, visit www.weirdhomestour.com.

CBTB & KGA | Weird Homes Tour 2018

Weird Homes Tour recruiting homes for 2018 tour

  • Kelly Gale Amen's loft is filled with art and furniture he's either made or collected in his travels. His home was featured on the 2017 Weird Home Tour. Photo: Thanin Viriyaki Photography
Photo: Thanin Viriyaki Photography
Kelly Gale Amen’s loft is filled with art and furniture he’s either made or collected in his travels. His home was featured on the 2017 Weird Home Tour.

Winking hippos, a C3PO-like metallic mannequin, outlandish art and over-the-top murals have all won over judges at the annual Weird Homes Tour. The next tour is set for Oct. 6, and organizers are recruiting homes and homeowners for the next lineup.

The home tour that celebrates eccentric personalities and sometimes odd decor began in Austin in 2014 when organizers Chelle and David J. Neff wanted to play tribute to the inherent weirdness in that city. It spread to Houston in 2016, and now is also in New Orleans, Detroit and Portland. It’s also the subject of a new coffee table book, “Weird Homes: The People and Places That keep Austin Strangely Wonderful” (Skyhorse Publishing; $16.99).

To be considered to be one of the eight to 10 homes chosen for the tour, you have to be willing to let hundreds of complete strangers traipse through your home, but you’ll also get professional photos of your home, a little publicity and, of course, bragging rights about the degree of your own weirdness.

Past tour homes include Kelly Gale Amen’s art-filled loft downtown, Selia Qynn’s garden-rich Spring Branch home and Sue Shefman’s “Hippolotofus” home, filled with hundreds of hippos as well as an art car that can wink at you (via remote control).

The tour will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6 and tickets are $30-$55. Apply to be part of the tour at www.weirdhomestour.com.

Cancer Below the Belt in Support of Biological Dentistry

Cancer Below the Belt had a blast at the IABDM (International Academy of Biological and Dental Medicine) conference! We believe in the practices of Holistic Dentistry and it’s alignmnent with our mission of giving people alternatives!

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Get Caught With Your Pants Down on the Weird Homes Tour

View the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of Kelly Gale Amen’s loft and Cancer Below the Belt.

Houston Weird Homes Tour
October 7, 2017
Dakota Lofts

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CBTB and KGA on the Weird Homes Tour!

Check out the Weird Homes Tour and #GetCaughtWithYourPantsDown!

“We seek two things from our buildings. We want them to shelter us. And we want them to speak to us – to speak to us of whatever we find important and need to be reminded of.” – Alan De Botton.

Kelly Gale Amen has been an influential and eccentric designer and participant in the Houston arts & design community since 1974. His work has been described as shocking and deliciously enchanting and we can’t think of a better way to describe his downtown urban loft as well.

It’s a home that is filled with the juxtaposition of extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together. Amen’s home is humorous, dark, sentimental, eclectic, and erotic. Contemporary sculptures sit next to tribal artifacts. A child’s portrait of his pet Dalmatian, “Fire Hydrant”, sits next to a renaissance style religious oil painting.  The home is filled with the unique furniture he designed and they sit next to a photo of his furniture, on fire. You can see his furniture anywhere from the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences to the Oklahoma State Capital to the Cosmonauts Museum of Moscow.

Kelly also a cancer survivor and the founder of the nonprofit, Cancer Below the Belt, which seeks to spread awareness and screening of the “Dirty Dozen” through humor.  You can find information and photos about the CBB in the building lobby and don’t be surprised if you are asked to #GetCaughtWithYourPantsDown!

And you can only see his amazing home on the Weird Homes Tour by buying a ticket.

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Mezlan and CBTB Father’s Day Tour

Mezlan, the finest men’s footwear boutique in America, is proud to have hosted a three-city tour in partnership with Cancer Below the Belt at Mezlan Chicago (6/7/2017), Mezlan Washington, D.C (6/9/2017), and Mezlan Atlanta (6/15/2017).

The evening will feature live entertainment from the incomparable jazz singer, Kellye Gray, who will perform songs from her upcoming album, “Rendering” which will be released June 30th. With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Gray’s profile continues to grow by leaps and bounds, recording over half-dozen albums as a leader and logging performances nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshi’s, and SFJAZZ. Kellye has been honored to share the stage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Etta James, to name a few. Expect an evening of fun and conversation about areas of the body that we do not normally talk about: the areas “below the belt.” Mezlan, as a men’s outfitter, recognizes the importance of healthy living and cancer awareness.

 

 

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken

This recipe appears in the current issue of Southern Living. It isn’t complicated and is full of nutritious ingredients. Enjoy!

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken

 

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups cubed sweet potato
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
4 (5 oz) boneless, skin on, chicken breast
1 teaspoon salted butter
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
8 ounces kale leaves, thinly sliced (about 7 cups, loosely packed)Whisk together lemon juice, mustard,

Whisk together lemon juice, mustard, honey and salt. While whisking drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Correct the seasoning to your taste and set aside.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss together sweet potatoes in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to coat. Spread in a single layer on one end of a large rimmed baking sheet.Rub chicken with another tablespoon olive oil and place on the other end of the baking sheet skin side up. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, 1/4 tsp

Rub chicken with another tablespoon olive oil and place on the other end of the baking sheet skin side up. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.Roast contents of

Roast contents of pan until the sweet potatoes are tender. (Stir potatoes half way through roasting), and chicken is golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Let sweet potatoes and chicken cool.Meanwhile, melt butter in a small skillet over medium. Add sugar and cook, stirring constantly until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add pecans, and cook, stirring until sugar mixture no longer sticks to the pan and instead coats the pecans. Remove from heat and spread the pecans in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small skillet over medium. Add sugar and cook, stirring constantly until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add pecans, and cook, stirring until sugar mixture no longer sticks to the pan and instead coats the pecans. Remove from heat and spread the pecans in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper. Cool completely.

Cut chicken into 1/2 inch slices. Combine the kale and sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with half the dressing and toss gently to coat. Divide mixture among 4 plates, top with sliced chicken and candied pecans. Drizzle chicken with remaining dressing and serve.These nicely filling salads will keep you satisfied and each serving contains 487 calories, 31 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 34 grams of fat.

These nicely filling salads will keep you satisfied and each serving contains 487 calories, 31 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and 34 grams of fat.

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Oyster Mushroom Bisque

One of my favorite new cookbooks is Sarah Britton’s “My New Roots”. She takes natural whole foods and makes dishes that are irresistible in flavor while also being good for you.

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Oyster Mushroom Bisque Serves 3-4

Scant 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms (or mushroom of your choice)
1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
3 medium onions, chopped
2 large leeks, washed thoroughly and white parts thinly sliced
fine sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves plus sprigs for garnish
4 garlic cloves, minced
freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
1 quart vegetable broth
2 cups cooked white beans (if using canned, drain and rinse before using)
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil

Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel to loosen and remove debris. Chop the mushrooms that are large and leave the smaller ones intact

Heat the coconut oil or ghee in a large pot and add the onions, leeks, a good pinch of sea salt and the thyme. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, until this onions and leeks are soft. Add the garlic to the pot and stir.

Sprinkle the lemon juice into the pot and stir to loosen any browned bits. Stir in the mushrooms and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until the mushrooms are soft.

Meanwhile, combine the vegetable broth and beans in a blender and blend on high speed until creamy
When the mushrooms are cooked, remove a few from the pot for garnish. Add the broth and bean mixture to the pot, stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.

Ladle the soup into the blender and blend on high speed until completely smooth. Add water or more broth to thin if desired.

Season the soup with plenty of fresh ground black pepper and with sea salt to taste. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved cooked mushrooms, a drizzle of olive oil, and a small sprinkling of thyme leaves. Serve hot

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Apple Pecan Quinoa Salad

I found this recipe in my latest issue # 30 of Origin Magazine. This salad is chock full of protein but light enough not to weigh you down.

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Apple Pecan Quinoa Salad

Serves 2 Prep time 18 minutes

Salad

1/4 cup quinoa uncooked
3 cups fresh spinach
1 apple chopped
1/2 sweet onion chopped
1/4 cup chopped pecans (toasted if desired)

Dressing

1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons red wine or rice wine vinegar

Cook quinoa as directed by its package
While quinoa cooks prepare dressing by mixing chia seeds, coconut oil and vinegar. Taste and correct seasoning with salt and pepper and herbs if desired
Once quinoa is cooked, combine the quinoa, spinach, apple, onion and pecans. Pour salad dressing over all and toss to combine.

Nutritional Info:

For 1 serving

330 calories
20 grams fat
35 grams carbs
9 grams fiber
10 grams sugar
8 grams protein
0 mg cholesterol
44 mg sodium
655 mg potassium

 

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Money Drives It

I’ve been trying to compose my thoughts on this subject for some time but wasn’t sure how to put my feelings into words. Let me begin by saying that the trends in healthcare today have become quite disturbing to me. The reason I feel this way is because I don’t believe there is very much incentive to find the cure for many of the diseases we as Americans suffer from. Most of these “lifestyle” diseases i.e., Obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, cancer and stroke, are caused by how we live our lives and namely what we’re exposing our bodies to, both inside and out. While it is our ultimate responsibility to know what is good for us we are being barraged with misinformation about what and how we should eat, drink, act, look, etc.

Healthcare prices keep on rising due to various reasons related to research and development of new technology and new drugs to treat all of these diseases, and the spread of these diseases to younger people in our country. Huge money is being made by all of these drug companies who develop these drugs. These drug companies are also responsible for testing them to measure the efficacy of these drugs weighed against the possible side effects of them. You only have to watch the many TV commercials advertising these drugs. I imagine that in order for these companies to be able to advertise, they must also disclose the possible side effects which are often numerous. It’s a travesty to me that drug companies are allowed to advertise to the general public with flowery ads depicting how much better your life would be if you took this or that drug and encourages you to “ask your doctor if so and so could be right for you”.

I don’t want to go as far as to say that there is a conspiracy to keep the public sick so that money can be made for insurance companies, hospital corporations, drug companies, huge agricultural companies, such as Cargill, Monsanto, and the like, but you do the math. Where is the incentive to tackle the one thing that could help to improve the health of the population?

When is it going to come to light that it’s the fuel (food) we put into our bodies? The food we eat is what becomes us and it is the food we eat that either heals us or makes and keeps us sick.

What I’m referring to are foods laden with pesticide residue, Roundup ready seed, chemicals used to increase shelf life and foods so processed that most of the nutrition is lost.

Until we educate the people about what’s happening with our food systems things will continue as they always have.

If you look at animals in nature you will see that they eat foods from their natural habitat and they don’t generally get sick, as a species. Man, however, has altered our food so much that most the the nutrition is lost in the processing of food and we don’t get the optimum benefit from the food. Obesity is driven by hunger and hunger comes because your body is hungry for nutrients that will make it run at its best. Eating processed foods robs the body of what it needs and hunger is again triggered because the body is starving for nutrients. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables,nuts and seeds, peas and beans, herbs and spices gives the body all the phytonutrients that our bodies crave. The foods that nature gives us give us all the nutrients we need to give us energy and keep our bodies running in top condition.

You only have to look at countries where the populations that were considered to be generally healthy  because of the indigenous diet of the general population. When a more “western” diet was introduced vis a vis fast food, their bodies responded by developing the same diseases that are prevalent here in the United States, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease..

I remember the slogan that Bill Clinton used when he was running for office. “It’s the economy, stupid!”

Today’s slogan coming from Washington should be, “It’s the food, stupid!”.