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  • Walls with PermissionMidtown gallery, WarHous Visual Studios. Its only fitting that Danao would want Anguilus work. WarHous was created with the purpose of providing a venue for under exposed local talents to display their passions and dreams.

    Daniel is a good friend of mine now and I love his work because he doesnt do it for glory or fame, it's the passion that drives him. says Danao. What's amazing is that he does most of his work from his own budget. That tells you how much of an artist he is and his

    work is so epic that it's so recogniz-able around town. He cares about other artists... a real genuine guy in my book and Im honored to have his piece on my wall.

    Graffiti is a subject Anguilu likes to stay away from; its not who he is today. He looks back on a point in time where he asked himself why he was doing graffiti; there was no meaning, only actions, and it made no sense to continue.

    Anguilu admits hes been painting seriously for the past four years with a different view, though hes painted

    and drawn in some form most of his life. Hell tell you hes not pro-moting anything other than the passion of public art, (he doesnt even sign his murals) which he believes we need more of in the city.

    I need to work outside, says Anguilu. I dont have any dreams of a gallery or working indoors. This is what I enjoy doing as a pastime, more as a passion, not as a profession.

    Anguilu has studio work (smaller paintings), that add some funding, enabling him to produce on a larger scale.

    The concept of a legal or free wall is long familiar in neighbor-hoods like the East End where numerous works are now community landmarks. The Greater East End Districts proactive approach to graffiti abatement has enlisted the talents of local school children to paint murals on designated wall settings previously tagged with graf-fiti. As an example, many East End bus shelters now feature murals by local students and artists.

    Midtown has been really accepting of the art community and understands it, says Anguilu. I thank them for opening doors for artists like me.

    In years past, local artists were given the east wall of Midtowns

    Daniel Anguilus original proposal an indoor mural was rejected by Lawndale Art Center. Instead, the gallery asked the artist whose murals had long been the talk in the East End, what he could do outside, along the build-

    ings north exterior wall. Its a little intimidating for jobs like that, says Anguilu, mostly

    because of the weather and the resources. But as an artist you always want to push yourself to see what you can do. It was kind of like, Here are some of the materialsknock yourself out.

    Armed with donated cans of house paint, Montana-brand spray paint and 5 rollers, he set out to create Famous Monsters, a large-scale mural inspired by his Mexican heritage. His signature black forms became the outline for angular and organic animals and one-of-a-kind shapes that drew from the 33-year olds Aztec influences.

    One of my favorite parts of painting outdoors on buildings is the scale and the access everyone has to the art. This is not for one space and one crowd, this is for everyone to enjoy, he believes.

    Murals like Famous Monsters, admits Anguilu, are not planned. I have fun when I don't know what Im going to do. The best part is seeing whats coming out of it and not knowing where its going to take you.

    He begins with huge, oversized shapes, and then starts working within the shapes by letting them decide what theyre going to become. Anguilu usually spends one day getting the wall ready, then the next day just looking at it. Beginning too quickly isnt always pru-dent, he admits. It is a lesson he learned by trial and error.

    Anguilu estimates he spent about 30 hours on Famous Monsters, a seemingly small number when one stands toe-to-toe with the 30 x 100 wall. Once the Lawndale wall was completed in July 2011, Anguilu rededicated his artis-tic hours to the former MHMRA building, a mural he admits will be ongoing for quite awhile.

    In December 2011, he began the north wall of Dandee Danaos

    4th qtr 2011A PUBLICATION OF MIDTOWN MANAGEMENT DISTRICT hOUSTONMIDTOWN.COM

    2in & about a list of new and exciting happenings in midtown

    3 midtown meetings choose a meeting and attend4 music scene bestfest in review

    5 two MLK parades set to begin at HCC-Central helping hands healing streams

    who do i call

    6 midtown dining xuco xicana blackfinn american grille7 calendar of events a list of midtown events

    8 food for thought farrago world cuisine

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    In 2003, the Greater East End Management District established a Graffiti Abatement Program to do

    away with unwanted graffiti and tagging in their area. Today, the award-winning pro-gram has a welcomed citywide presence, abating nearly 71,000 sites as of November 30, 2011. Sixteen management districts, including Midtown Management District (MMD), now utilize the program, as do

    washers, sandblasters and paint mixers that enable the team to eliminate the graffiti, then color match paint on site, restoring the property to its pre-graffiti state.

    The Team is required to take part in a six-month training program. The job brings a sense of ownership, explains Greater East Ends Public Safety and Facilities Director Martin Chavez, but also frustration if the Team has to return when the property is defaced again.

    Graffiti in the public right of way? Not good. Please report addresses and cross streets, to Midtown's Cynthia Alvarado at cynthiaa@houstonmidtown.com. To date, MMD has abated over 1,000 sites in the Midtown District.

    other governmental agencies. MMD is committed to keeping

    Midtown a clean, safe environ-ment 24/7 for its visitors and stakehold-ers. Every other month, a Graffiti Abatement Team from Greater East End arrives

    with reports in hand, driving one of four GraffitiMobiles to work in tandem with those goals. Onboard are pressure

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    Ronnie Jackson is proud to tell you about his 33 years of experience as an auto mechan-ic, spe-

    cializing in pre-owned Mercedes Benz. His 21 years as an independent Mercedes Benz used car dealer is a kudo, too. But when you ask him why hes not located on a Houston freeway feeder or near an auto mall, hell no doubt smile and take you into

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  • CORE Church Midtown and Pastor Jim Stern and his family are the new kids on the block. CORE Church Midtown is unique, void of traditional church

    buildings or sanctuaries. Groups of 3-5 people

    meet week-ly to do life

    together and learn the "Way of Rest" in Jesus. Every person is intentionally trained. Learn more at www.corechurchmidtown.org.

    Looking for a special gift? How about a spa party this holiday season? Wow everyone with pampering services. Always a friendly staff at Urban Oasis Day Spa, a Best of Citysearch 2011 winner. Top it off with wine, snacks, and 20% off gift cards and services for new clients. Call 713-521-9990 for more info.

    Art Palaces recent Art Market Grand Opening benefited Toys for Tots. Ten percent of the gallerys profits from the event were gen-erously given to the well-known Marine Corp spon-sored event. ART MARKET is located at Art Palace Gallery, 3913 Main, and is open Tuesday Saturday, 4-9 p.m. and by appointments. Check them out on Tumblr at http://apartmarket.tumblr.com.

    Pizza for one or many you make the call. Russos New York Pizzeria delivers the deal. The Family Special includes two large pizzas with one topping plus a liter

    of Coke (and free delivery!) for $24.95. Or opt for the New York Village Pizza with four meats and three vegetables. Stop by 306 Gray at Bagby or call 713-533-1140, seven days a week, and taste what real New York-style pizza is all about.

    Its described by regulars as a kara-oke version of Cheers. Come see what everybodys talking (or trying to sing) about at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 Milam. Monthly art showings by local artists plus killer bar food. Private singing VIP Room houses up to 32 for private parties. Daily specials. Open Tuesday-Thursday 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Attire is Downtown Casual, 21+only. Weekends fill up fast. Call 713-526-4900 and leave a message or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare at Glitter Karaoke.

    Curious about the new restaurant being added to The Mix? The long-awaited Artisans Restaurant located at the corner of Stuart and Louisiana is scheduled to open in January 2012. A new venture between Chef Jacques Fox and the Denis brothers (restau-rateurs of Le Mistral fame), Artisans will spe-cialize in French eclectic cuisine and a Chefs Table open kitchen concept, the first of its kind in Houston. www.artisansrestaurant.com.

    YogaOne is pleased to announce its Yoga Teacher Training Course, March 9-18, 2012 (Spring Break at most schools) at YogaOne. Albina and Roger Rippy and other YogaOne t e a c h e r s will teach the immersive 10-day course. By the end of the course, you will deepen your own knowl-edge and yoga practice, have the basic tools to begin your path as a yoga teacher and will have ample opportun