One Year, Many Rugs. In September, Hootan Farrokhi (l) and Lisa Slappey of Postmodern Traditions Custom & Contemporary Rug Gallery treated the design community to a cupcake party, celebrating the showroom’s first anniversary. The boutique rug gallery at the Houston Design Center specializes in creating rugs “that are as extraordinary and unique as their wonderful clients,” Slappey says, adding that Postmodern Traditions extends a special thank you to OutSmart readers for their support in making the first year such a success. Old Katy Rd. #169 • postmoderntraditions.com • 713/750-9891.
Pearl Anniversary. Thirty years ago, JR’s Bar and Grill opened its doors to the LGBT community at 808 Pacific Street, and is still going strong. The anchor bar to Charles Armstrong Investments’ South Beach and The Mining Company, the bar originally acted as a depot for the old Houston train car system, was then a grocery store and then an antique store called The Emporium (which is now located on Westheimer Road). The club, which general manager Jose Apodaco estimates has helped raise more than $500,000 for the local LGBT community, celebrates its anniversary throughout the weekend with an array of special events (see LookOut, page 00).
Art Fare at Fair. Laura U, the Montrose-based interior design firm and home furnishings boutique, presents FallArtFare. The night of art, cuisine, and music showcases the works of two Texas artists, Joseph Cohen and McKay Otto. The event benefits Houston Chapter of Communities in Schools, dedicated to empowering at-risk students. October 24, 6 p.m. Laura U, Inc., 1840 Westheimer Rd. • laurau.com • 713/522-0855.