OutSmart Named ‘Best Local Magazine’ in the Houston Press Best of Houston Awards
“We keep waiting for a local magazine to stand up and snatch this prize away from OutSmart, but it just never happens. Even as the masthead changes from time to time, the quality remains high: smart, insightful features into Houston’s gay past and present, sharp reviews of theater, music, and gay-targeted movies, and lively interviews with national figures letting out their ‘Did they just say that?’ side. And it’s free. It’s a hard combination to beat, but maybe some year someone will.” —Houston Press, October 2009
This makes four straight years in a row (make that four gay years in a row!). Thank you, Houston Press!
Ann Walton Sieber, OutSmart’s former editor (and current web editor), received a Houston Press Best of Houston award for “Best Art Show.” Sieber and photographer Ben Tecumseh DeSoto collaborated on the exhibition “Understanding Poverty” at DiverseWorks last fall, which the Press described as “harrowing for its unflinching look at Houston’s homeless.”
Happy Retirement to Thomas Chelena!
After eight fabulous years at OutSmart, our senior sales executive, Thomas Chelena, has moved with his partner, Daniel Malachowski, to Santa Fe, New Mexico! These dear friends have been invaluable to OutSmart’s success, and we can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for us and this community. We will miss them both and wish them much happiness. – by Nancy Ford